Orlando, FL asked in Estate Planning for Florida

Q: I want to make changes to my will. Do I have to consult with a lawyer for the changes or what needs to be done?

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

A: There is no law that says you MUST hire an attorney to draw up your will or changes to an existing will, but if you want it done right, that is what you should do. Do-it-yourself wills often have terrible errors with tragic consequences.

Phillip William Gunthert agrees with this answer

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I would indeed encourage you to contact a Florida Estate Planning Attorney in order to review your Will and related estate planning documents and advise you on how best to update your Will and any other documents that should or may need to be updated. It is often the case that the Power and Florida Healthcare Surrogate may need to be updated as well or added along with other estate documents so that you can have a complete estate plan in place.

Marc J. Soss
Marc J. Soss
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You can do it yourself, but you run the risk it will not be done in accordance with Florida Law and be invalid. I highly recommend that you utilize the service of a respected attorney to make your changes to ensure they are done correctly and honored at your death.

Ellen S Deutsch Taylor
Ellen S Deutsch Taylor
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Ponte Vedra, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You can make changes to your will either by codicil or by doing a new will. If you do any changes, it has to be executed in the same manner as before with two witnesses and a notary for a self proving will.

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