You want to be sure that, when you pass away, you are able to pass on assets and any valuables to the right family members and loved ones. Having a will and an estate plan can help you do that. But what if something changes? Is that estate plan you made ironclad and untouchable? It’s not. If you decide to make changes to a will, then that is well within your rights. A Rockland County will attorney can help you do that.
When Should I Make Changes to a Will?
You can actually make changes to a will whenever you want to. There are no set rules about when you can take a look at your estate plan and decide that there are changes in order. Most people make changes to their wills when big life events happen though. Some good times to examine your estate plan include when:
- A child is born
- A divorce agreement goes through
- You get remarried
- Your spouse passes away
- You have a falling out with a friend or family member
- Your financial situation changes
One important thing to remember is that you need to be of sound mind in order to make any changes to a will. Once someone is no longer in good health or in a place where they can make their own financial or medical decisions, editing a will is going to be off the table.
Can I Change the Executor of My Will?
When you make a will you must choose an executor. This is the person who you trust to carry out your wishes after you die. If something changes and you no longer want this person to be the executor, you can adjust this part of your estate plan.
You can file a written amendment known as a codicil and change who will be the executor of your will. As with any other changes to a will, this needs to be done in the legal and proper way. You need two witnesses and you should enlist the help of an estate planning attorney.
Can an Estate Planning Lawyer Help Me Make Changes to a Will?
A lawyer from our firm can help you write a will. They can also help you make any changes to a will that you need to make if your life circumstances change. The benefit of working with our law firm is that you can be sure that any changes made to your will are legally binding. Mistakes in the will writing or editing process can result in legal headaches, so this is not something you want to tackle on your own.
Contact Our Legal Team
Whether you are finally ready to create an estate plan or you want to modify the will you have already written, we are ready to assist you. Contact the Lauterbach Law Firm and learn more about what an experienced estate planning attorney can do to assist you.