Will spelling errors make a Will void?

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Will spelling errors make a Will void?

I am a caretaker for a woman who couldn’t afford to pay me, so she put in her Will that I am to receive her house and life insurance, providing I am will to pay for her cremation service. However the word cremation is spelled incorrectly. Also, her mother’s last name is missing a letter. Additionally, I am to be the executor of the

will and I don’t know how to proceed.

Asked on February 22, 2019 under Estate Planning, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, spelling errors do not invalidate a will so long as it is still possible to determine what is intended  and who inherits and does not inherit. The sorts of errors you describe should have no effect on the will.
How to proceed: the will has to go through probate. While ideally you would, as the designated executor, retain an attorney to do this, you can put it into probate without a lawyer. Contact the clerk's office in the probate court in the county in which this woman lives after she passes away (you can't do anything with a will pre-death), explain you are the executor, and ask for instructions.


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