Can I have more than one will?

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Can I have more than one will?

I have a will created in US. when I lived there , I have just moved back to theUK , I
do still have bank and stock accounts based in the States
I want to make a new will based in the U.K. , will I keep the US will as well because
of my financial activities there .
Many thanks

Asked on July 19, 2017 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you can only have one will, at least under U.S. law (this site only provides answers about U.S. law); whether or not more than one will is permissible under UK law is another issue. A later will replaces and supercedes an earlier one under U.S. law. You can amend, revise, or supplement the earlier will (e.g. by an addendum) to reflect later-acquired assets, so you an have a single will covering your U.S. and UK assets.

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