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If you have a will and a trust but you send the executor an

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If you have a will and a trust but you send the executor an email changing the disposition of an asset, is the email binding? This would be in the state of California.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Loren replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am Loren, a licensed attorney. I will do whatever I can to answer your question and provide you excellent service.
Are you asking if a will or trust may be amended by an unsigned email?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I suppose that is correct. My friend sent an email to his executor months before he died and now of course one family member is fighting it. The rest of the family wants to do what my friend wanted. Can they?
Expert:  Loren replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information.
No, neither a will nor trust may be legally modified by email.
Both would require a signed document from the trustor or testator to be enforceable.
I hope this is helpful. If you have any follow up questions feel free to post them. It is never a problem.
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Expert:  Loren replied 2 years ago.
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