In part one of this post, I discussed whether a will expires.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.  Hopefully, after reading that post, you will have reviewed your will to make sure it hasn’t “expired.” With luck, your will still does what you want it to do.

But what if you need to make changes?  Here is a quick list of ways you CANNOT adjust your Texas will if it needs to be changed:

  1. You cannot write new provisions, including names of new heirs, into the margins or whitespace.
  2. You cannot strike any provisions, including names of heirs, by lining them out with a pen.
  3. You cannot substitute a page of the original will with a similar page with your edits.
  4. You cannot remove a page.

Bonus: You should NEVER un-staple a will.  Once it is signed, witnessed, notarized and stapled, it needs to stay stapled until it is needed in court.

If you think you may need to make changes to your will, consult with experienced attorneys like those at Youngblood Law, PLLC for advice.  In some cases, a thoughtfully drafted will can remain valid even though major life events and changes have occurred since the will was originally drafted.  But if changes do need to be made, your lawyer will be able to guide you through what needs to be done to make your will do what you want it to do.

Youngblood Law, PLLC is a Fort Worth, Texas family law firm that uses a holistic approach to help people get on with their new life by getting done with their old life.  We believe having a thoughtful will package is family law, and we offer a robust selection of testamentary and other documents our clients need to confidently move on with their new lives.  This essay is intended for educational use only, and is not a replacement for competent legal counsel.  If you are facing a family law matter, we recommend obtaining competent legal counsel like Youngblood Law, PLLC.  For more information, contact us at 817-601-5345, find us on the web at www.youngblood-law.com, or on your mobile device, open your browser and type in lawfw.biz and press Go.

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