Q: can a beneficiary be removed from a will by a codicil or does the will need to be rewritten?
A: Either a new will or a codicil will work. Conventional wisdom is a new will is better so that the codicil can't be separated from it and "disappeared" and for other reasons. Remember to destroy the old will and all copies of it after the new will is done, and also remember to entrust the new will to someone who stands to benefit from it so that it too will not be "disappeared" by someone who would prefer that you die intestate.
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