If my mother would like to change both the executor of her will and power of attorney, does she need to have a lawyer handle it?

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If my mother would like to change both the executor of her will and power of attorney, does she need to have a lawyer handle it?

She created her Will 22 years ago and would like to now change it. She is competent and has full use of her facilities.

Asked on March 4, 2012 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is really a good idea to review a Will every so often and to update what may be needed,  Assets change and so do beneficiaries.  But it is not a good idea to do so with out the advice of an attorney.  And now she should really consult with an estate planner who can help the estate save money as well.  The POA need not be done with the help of an attorney as long as she understands what is going on.  Good luck.


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