You did the right thing. You created a will, and it reflected your wishes at the time that it was written. However, now things are different. Your relationships, financial situation, or priorities may have changed, and you want your will to reflect those changes.
How to Change Your Will
Generally, there are two ways to change an existing will. You can:
- Create a codicil. A codicil amends an existing will. Your existing will remains in effect subject to the changes made by the codicil. The codicil must be written as a separate document. You cannot simply cross out sections of an existing will or add to it in your own handwriting. Additionally, a codicil must be properly executed and signed in the presence of two witnesses. Typically, codicils are used for minor changes rather than complex changes, which could create confusion later.
- Revoke your existing will and create a new will. A new will makes your former will void and unenforceable. If you want to make significant changes to your existing will, then creating a new will may be in your best interest.
Whether you create a codicil or a new will, the proper procedures must be followed to avoid confusion and to ensure that your wishes are honored.
Contact San Diego Legacy Law to Change Your Will
A simple mistake could mean that your property is not distributed according to your wishes after your death. For this reason, you should consider working with an experienced lawyer who can advise you on whether you should create a codicil or a new will and who can make sure that all of your legal documents are correctly executed and enforceable.
Contact San Diego Legacy Law today to work with an experienced and dedicated estate planning lawyer. Attorney Nicole D’Ambrogi will advise you of your legal options and help you create the legal documents that are right for you and that continue to protect your loved ones after you are gone.