Tuesday, December 10, 2013
If you want to make some changes to your will, can you just write in the new provisions and sign somewhere on the document?
The correct answer is NO. Don’t make changes this way as there as just too many variables, interpretations, and ways to add to the cost of probating your estate.
Don’t confuse others as to your true intent. Instead, talk to your lawyer, make formal changes, and execute a new will. And be sure to avoid codicils. In this age of computerization, it’s easier and better to just sign a new will, one that is drafted by your own lawyer.
See Robert Fleming, Can You Change Your Will by Writing on It?, Fleming & Curti PLC, Nov. 18, 2013.
Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (John Theodore Fey Research Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.