Can I execute a duplicate original of my Will?
Can I create duplicate original wills notarized at the same time such that one copy can be stored at another location? No single location is "safe". Perhaps adding such language as "This Will has been prepared in duplicate, each copy of which has been executed as an original. One of these executed copies is in my possession and the other is deposited for safekeeping with..."
Typically there can be only one original last Will and Testament (regardless of whether or not other "copies" bear original signatures). In other words then, only the first instrument signed by the testator and the witnesses can legally constitute the original Will. Signed or executed copies, conformed copies, xerographic reproductions and unexecuted copies are all considered to be copies. They may be admitted for probate in lieu of the original but only upon clear and convincing evidence that the original was lost or destroyed without having been revoked by the" testator" (maker).
The reason for this is that the practice of executing "duplicate wills" creates more problems than it solves. In your case, you could just make a photocopy of the original and put it in another location. But again, you will have to offer proof that the original is not available (however, in most jurisdictions, the fact that the sole original is not available gives rise to the presumption of revocation). The best solution for you might be to file your Will in the Probate Court of the county in which you reside. You should note, however, any changes to your Will would necessitate a re-filing. Additionally, in the case you move you will need to re-file in the Probate Court of your new county.
Apparently yes, you can. But I would not do anything with regard to the making of this will without the help of an attorney in your area. The execution of a Last Will and Testament is still, in this day and age, a formal process that requires age old language and ceremony. Wills, once bound (or stapled these days) can not be unbound or there is a presumption that it was is some way tampered with.
Ask your attrney about filing the Will in Court. Some states allow this. It will insure its safe keeping if that is what you are afraid of. There can be a donw side to it as well - like re-filing when changed and other reasons - but it may solve the probelm you face without having to have so many duplicate Wills around. Good luck.