Normally the answer to this question is ‘No’. However a Deed of Variation may be exercised within two years of the testator’s death to amend the terms of a Will, but only with the agreement of all the residuary beneficiaries. There may also be instances where the court could make a judgement on your Will. This can happen if your Will is challenged and have not been fair to your wife/husband or partner (or even your ex wife/husband). The Court can change your Will under the Inheritance Act 1995.
You can store your Will anywhere you wish, however you must ensure that the executors of your Will know of it’s whereabouts. There is nothing worse than having a Will that no one can find! Many solicitors offer a free storage facility for your Will however they will normally charge for it’s release which will be paid for by your executors.
My final post regarding executors (for the time being) addresses whether you need to appoint a solicitor as an executor.
The answer is simply “No”, however it can be wise to appoint a solicitor alongside a friend or relative. Appointing a solicitor will enable the burden of the work to be shared with a professional who can advise accordingly. It can also ensure that in the instance whereby your first executor can not carry out their duties, there is support on hand. A solicitor will however charge for the work that is carried out and generally their fees will be deducted from your estate.
Where family and friends are appointed as executors they would not normally be paid however you may wish to leave them a cash gift in your Will as a way of thanking them ahead of carrying out the role. Any expense that your executors may incur whilst administering your estate can usually be reclaimed, including probate fees.