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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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