San Diego, CA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California

Q: I was told I have to sign online to resign as beneficiary to a wilI. Is this right?

The will is in the state of Utah. If I have to sign, can I do it by paper and notary? I don’t ever sign online.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Utah, if you wish to resign as a beneficiary to a will, you typically have the right to disclaim or refuse the inheritance. Generally, disclaimers are done in writing and may require specific formalities, such as being notarized. You aren't usually mandated to sign online. If you're uncomfortable with electronic signatures, you should express this concern and request a paper option. It's essential to ensure the disclaimer meets the state's legal requirements, so it's enforceable. Always review the specific document and the process with an attorney familiar with Utah's probate and estate laws. Open communication with the estate's executor or personal representative might also be helpful. Taking these steps can ensure your intentions are clearly and legally documented.

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