At the time of planning your estate, you will need to pay special attention towards the creation of last will. After creating a will, you will also come across the need to make changes to it. You have the freedom to make any change to the will at a given time. However, there are different approaches available to change the will. This is where you need to seek the assistance of a qualified real estate lawyer and seek for assistance.
How can you change a will?
When you are changing a will, it is important to follow the letter of the law as defined in your state. Then you can make sure that all changes you do to the will are legally valid. Different states have different wills. If you don’t have a complete understanding of these laws, we encourage you to seek the assistance of a local real estate lawyer. Then you will be able to get your changes reviewed and make sure that they adhere to the law.
No matter what, you need to make sure that all changes you do to the will are complete. That’s because handwritten and partially typed sentences in the will can make the entire document void.
Creating a will Codicil
At the time of making changes to your will, you will have two main options to consider. The first option would be to rewrite the entire will. Or else, you will be able to make changes to your will through a document named as codicil. Codicil refers to a testamentary document, which is having the same powers as your will. You will need to draft and get the codicil witnessed by the same individuals who care as your will as well.
In case if one of the beneficiaries of your will has got married, and if you wish to update the name, a codicil will be a good option to proceed. This is a secondary document that you are attaching to the will. It will clearly illustrate all the changes that you want to do to the will as well. In most states, you will be asked to prepare a codicil and sign it according to the rules that are applicable to the will as well. In case if your state asks you to have two witnesses to be there at the time of signing the will, you will need to have two witnesses at the time of signing codicil as well.