If you decide to change the provisions in your last will and testament, be sure your family and attorney are aware of this new situation. They may not need to know the contents of your new last will, but they should know that it exists in order to limit any potential confusion after your death.

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Changing your last will isn’t difficult, but you cannot simply cross out a sentence or add a new sentence. You must either create a “codicil”, which is an amendment to your will, or create a new last will.
  • A codicil can be used to make minor revisions without changing the entire last will. However, a codicil still must be signed and witnessed following the same formalities that were used for the will itself.
  • Prepare a new will if you wish to make a lot of changes, or a few major ones. You’ll want to include a formal statement in the new will revoking the old will.
In some states, a divorce has the effect of revoking your last will, at least as to those provisions that relate to your former spouse.

 

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