Changing Your Will Attorney
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Changing Your Will
It is very common over time for the terms of a will to need an update. Whether it’s life changes or your wishes evolve, it is important to make the changes as soon as possible. As long as you have the legal capacity, your will can always be revised. It is not a permanent document and does not become irrevocable until your death. Consider whether the following may apply to you:
Common life changes
- Having or adopting children
- Moving states
- Significant debt or asset accrual
Common changed wishes
- Addition or removal of beneficiaries
- New distribution preferences
In Florida, amendments to a will or a codicil must be executed with the same formalities as an original will. These requirements are often strictly enforced in order for your will to be valid and be the guiding document for your estate distributions. In addition to ensuring the amendment is valid, you will need to ensure it comports with Florida’s Probate Code. There are several limitations on designations and devises that you may not be aware of. What may seem like a simple edit may require further changes and potentially some compromises in order to meet your wishes.
The good news is – you don’t need to figure all of this out on your own! The experienced estate planning attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp are familiar with the requirements and prepared to handle a will revision for you.