Great Bend, KS asked in Estate Planning for Kansas

Q: When a person makes a will in Kansas, is is required of her beneficiaries to give her their social security numbers?

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: No, it is not required for the will to be valid. If the testator wants to make sure that the beneficiaries can be properly identified and located, then it helps to identify them by their full legal names and also their nicknames and current addresses and relationships (e.g. my son, my daughter, my grandson, my niece, etc.).

Doug Coe agrees with this answer

Doug Coe
Doug Coe
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Wichita, KS
  • Licensed in Kansas

A: No social security numbers required. I'd encourage you to talk to an attorney though, as I've seen many DIY wills turn out to be a big mess after the fact. Good luck!

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