Q: I am the beneficiary in my spouse's will. I am changing my whole name, first name and adding his last name.
how will this affect the current will that i am the beneficiary, does the will has to be updated with my new name or can it stay as it is?
We reside in FLorida.
A: While it will generally be fine, as is, I would recommend that you simply do a Codicil to the Will to make sure it is 100% accurate and correct to avoid any issues or questions whatsoever. A Codicil is a simple addition to a Will for small and simple changes of this sort.
Will could be redone to add a/k/a next to your name. Will would have to be resigned and witnessed and that would be true with a codicil. Any change requires it to be reexecuted with same formality as before. If you do nothing and it went to probate you would have to provide evidence of the name change.
Ellen Deutsch Taylor
Ponte Vedra, Fl.
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