When you first create your will, no one has to know about it, except for you and your lawyer. However, at least make sure your executor knows about it, so that when it is needed, he can follow its instructions.
After all, your will cannot do your heirs any good if no one knows it exists.
Tell anyone who needs to know, such as a spouse, where it is. Keep it in a secure location, but in a place where others will be able to find it.
Wills do become part of the public record once they are submitted to the probate process, unlike a living trust, which can remain private if you choose.
As with a will, letting those close to you know about your living trust will increase the chances that its terms will be followed. Also, your beneficiaries will be able to hold the trustee accountable, if necessary.
However, your trust and will belong to you and, when you first create them, you can make them as public or private as you choose.
If you are interested in creating a trust or will, or are concerned about the privacy of your assets, call the Law Office of Richard Nevins and make an appointment. An experienced legal professional trained in estate law will advise you on the estate planning options appropriate for you.