How do I amend a Will after one of the beneficiaries dies?

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How do I amend a Will after one of the beneficiaries dies?

Asked on January 10, 2012 under Estate Planning, Texas

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Your present Will may in fact address the issue of a beneficiary that pre-deceases you.  They generally do.  But if the way the Will deals with the issue is not how you wish things to happen now then you can do an amendment to the Will known as a Codicil.  Now, understand that a Codicil must be executed with the same deference as a Will so egernally speaking, you can probably have a whole new Will drawn up as long as the changes are not major for the same price.  It is a plus to do a new Will rather than a Cidicil becuase it is one document to worry about and not two.  Good luck.


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