How do I know if a loved one had a funeral plan, a will or other plan in place?

Wills and funeral plans are often kept in a safe, a safety deposit box at a bank, or in a bedroom or home office. You can ask other family members that might know. You can also check the person's contact list to see if there is a reference to a lawyer or a funeral provider. Funeral plans might be kept in a binder or accordion file, while wills might be in an envelope or folder. Just make sure not to alter anything about a will if you do locate it. Even removing a staple may invalidate it.