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Does an existing Will need to be completely rewritten to

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Does an existing Will need to be completely rewritten to accommodate change in beneficiaries? Change is agreeable (Notarized by all children) listed in original Will.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.

Generally a will does not need to be completely re-written if the change is fairly simple and straightforward. For that you can simply draft a 'codicil', which is a document that is used as a replacement for section or sections in the will. But if the changes are fairly substantial or are otherwise confusing to follow, then a rewrite is probably best--remember that this is designed for the person who will act as executor, so if they have a hard time understanding the changes, or the language is confusing and ambiguous, the executor cannot really perform his duties properly and there is a basis to potentially challenge or even throw out the will if the language is unclear.

Sincerely,

Dimitry, Esq.