Nevada recently adopted a new law that authorizes wills to be stored electronically.  The Nevada Secretary of State will create and maintain a secure on-line registry called the “Nevada Lockbox” where people can upload an electronic copy of their will and retrieve it when needed.  See 2009 Nevada Laws Ch. 253.

This is a great idea that all states should adopt.  A common problem after a death is that the family cannot find the deceased’s will.  Sometimes the family does not know if the deceased had a will and sometimes the family knows the deceased signed a will, but they cannot find the original or even a copy of the will.  Another common problem is that a stepmother or stepfather refuses to open a probate or give a copy of the will to a stepchild.