While a person’s last will and testament can carry the enforceability of law, it is by no means set in stone. If a person should wish to change the terms in their will, they may do so through the use of a codicil. In simple terms, a codicil is a written amendment that allows a person to change, clarify, remove, or add provisions to their will. If you need to make a change to your existing will, a knowledgeable trust lawyer from the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro can help you. Having helped countless clients throughout Los Angeles, Malibu, Brentwood, Santa Monica, and the surrounding areas, our firm can guide you step-by-step through the process and help you achieve your goals.
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Why Should I Amend My Will?
As time goes on, people will periodically need to amend their will to accommodate for major life changes such as marriages, divorces, deaths, births, relocations, major changes in assets, and starting businesses. Events such as can bring about a change in a person’s beneficiaries or completely alter the way a person wishes to distribute their assets upon their passing. This is where codicils come in handy.
A codicil can help accomplish the following:
- Changing executors
- Changing the guardians of a child’s property
- Replacing or choosing guardians
- Naming custodians for gifts to children
- Naming new beneficiaries
- Removing beneficiaries
Codicils take effect the day they are signed and work in tandem with your existing will. Like a last will and testament, codicils must be signed and dated in the presence of witnesses in order to be valid. When a person passes away, both the will and the codicil will be used to determine how property, belongings, and other assets will be distributed.
How a Los Angeles Codicils Attorney Can Help
You last will and testament is a tremendously important legal document, as it dictates exactly how you wish your estate to be handled. For this reason, it is imperative you take steps to ensure your will remains up-to-date and accurately reflects your current needs and goals. This is where our firm’s services apply. At the Law Offices of David A. Shapiro, P.C., our Los Angeles codicil lawyer is ready to assist you. Let us put our experience, skill, and knowledge to work for you so you can face your future with peace of mind.
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