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Changing Your Will Requires Revoking the Old One

  • On behalf of: The Hughes Law Firm, P.C.
  • Published: September 18, 2017

Earlier we talked about wills and their incredibly vital role in an estate plan. For the most part, wills do the heavy lifting of the estate planning process. But leaving a will as is and never updating it is a major problem. Without frequent updates, your will may not reflect your wishes or hopes for your estate anymore — or it could fail to comply with state laws anymore. In other words, if you have a will, make sure to check up on it frequently and makes changes when necessary.

But that begs the question: how do you change your will? Changing a will is relatively simple, in that all you just need to create a new will that includes the updates you want. Effectively you will simply copy what you had previously, but with the tweaks you want.

However, there are other things you will need to do to protect yourself after changing your will. For example, you should destroy your old will. Additionally, you should include a provision in your new wills that makes it clear that you revoke any and all previous wills or codicils.

If you have questions about this process or if you are struggling to begin drafting a will (or even starting the estate planning process), then fear not. Many people have questions or struggle to start their estate plans. Consult with an attorney to ease your fears and to complete an important milestone in your life.

Source: FindLaw, “Changing a Will,” Accessed Sept. 15, 2017

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