Honolulu, HI asked in Estate Planning for Hawaii

Q: Can I file an amendment to my revocable living trust with out my lawyer as long as it is notarized

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Howell, MI

A: Of course you can. You can also cut off your index finger, or do your own appendix removal.

What you SHOULD do however, might be different than what you can do.

Trusts are complicated documents and one section often relies on the language of another, and the WHOLE thing needs to work as a unit to accomplish the goals of the trust as it was set up.

An attorney will ask questions like WHY do you have a trust, WHAT are your goals, and HOW can we accomplish those goals using the law as it stands today. If you can't answer these questions you probably shouldn't try to amend a trust.

Seek out a local estate planning lawyer who can help -- it will be far cheaper than trying to fix a problem you didn't anticipate when you tried to save some money by 'doing it yourself'.

-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice

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