Modifying a Will

Some individuals may create a will in early adulthood, and never have to change it. Most people, however, need to revise their wills and estate plans periodically and adjust them to accommodate changes in their lives. Milestone events, such as marriage, the birth of a child, divorce or remarriage, should cause you to revisit your estate plan and supporting documents and make appropriate changes.

Hayes & Wilson, PLLC, is a team of attorneys that provides cost-effective estate planning services, including drafting and modifying wills. For an affordable, flat fee, we can review your situation and if necessary, draft an amendment to a will or create a new will that reflects your changed circumstances.

Attempting to change a will by inserting handwritten notations or deleting provisions may not withstand the scrutiny of the probate court. You should discuss your needs with an experienced estate planning lawyer.

Making Changes to a Will

In order to be valid under Texas law, an amendment to a will (also called a codicil) must meet all of the requirements of a will. It must be witnessed by two individuals. The amendment must be either self-proving (accompanied by a notarized affidavit signed by the witnesses) or the witnesses must testify in probate court that they witnessed the execution. A holographic amendment or codicil can also be valid, but the document must be in the handwriting of the testator and at least one person must be prepared to testify in court that he or she witnessed the execution.

Our law firm can handle all aspects of your codicil, including the provision of the required witnesses. This will ensure that the codicil or new will reflects your wishes and that it meets the legal requirements of Texas law.

Contact a Houston Will and Trust Attorney

To schedule a consultation about modifying a will, contact Hayes & Wilson, PLLC.