Amending A Will

Codicil is an amendment or change to a current will. A codicil is meant for small changes or additions. A codicil cannot change the meaning or overall purpose of the will. Also, if the codicil requires multiple cancellations ,or multiple addition, it may be easier to make a new will because the intent of the current will can become unclear. If it is unclear, then you are leaving room for it to be challenged by someone.

There are many things that you should consider when adding a codicil before you touch the actual will. On a separate sheet of paper, write down specifically which portions you want to change and how you want to change them in the will. It is also important to state that the new changes from the codicil revoke the previous versions of the will and that it is effective the day that the codicil is signed. Then, contact your probate attorney with this document.

BEFORE attempting to alter a will, you will-ammendmentshould ask a probate lawyer to answer the following questions:

If you previously made a codicil to your will, can you replace it with a new codicil?

Do you have to draft a new will or can you just make a codicil?

How often according to Michigan state law can you make changes to my will?

Michael Colton is your probate lawyer that can answer all of your probate and estate planning needs. With years of experience in building client-attorney relationships based on trust. Contact  Michael Colton  for a free, no obligation consultation.

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