Bremerton, WA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington

Q: I downloaded a will template from eForms, Washington Last Will and Testament Template. Can I change some of the words?

I have made the wording fit my particular situation in the beneficiary section of the will. Does this action change the validity of the will?

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

A: Sure you can change it.

The problem is that it might not do what you WANT it to do. The only way to know for sure is to consult with a LOCAL ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY and SHOW him/her the language. That will cost as much as having the lawyer just prepare the document, but it really is the only way to know if the changes you want to make are significant and may or may not cause a problem.

Don't be penny wise and pound foolish about this. The cost of a professionally drafted will and other estate planning documents (you do have the REST of the documents you need, right?) is not great, and the few nickels you save by buying the 'fill in the blank' forms are rarely a good investment in the long run.

Seek local legal advice from a licensed professional.

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