Do I Make Changes To My Will in Georgia?

Once a will is written, signed, notarized, and witnessed, it is lawfully in effect. In order to change a will completely, you must either create a new one or create a codicil, which is a document that changes an existing will. However, you cannot legally modify a will by merely crossing out something or adding something new.

As your life changes, it may be time for you to update an existing will or to create a new will. Some of the reasons you may want to update your will are:

  • Marriage.
  • Blended families.
  • Divorce.
  • Spousal death.
  • Change in property possession / state of wealth.

Minor changes can be made to your will by creating a codicil. This might be appropriate if a beneficiary has married and you want to change his/her name, want to change percentages or add another beneficiary. If you would like to make many changes in your will, then it is probably best to revoke the existing will and have a completed new one drafted.

Rather than making the changes to your will by yourself, it is always a better option to seek legal advice. No matter how simple it may seem, you can always seek our help so that your will is not later declared invalid. For more information on drafting a will or making changes to your existing will, call our office today for a free consultation.


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