You have the right to modify or revoke your will at any time. To formally revoke your will, you can do any of the following:
- tear, cancel, obliterate, or destroy your will with the intent to revoke it;
- order someone else to tear, cancel, obliterate, or destroy your will in front of you;
- have someone else tear, cancel, obliterate, or destroy your will according to your written instructions;
- make a new will that revokes the old one; or
- make another writing that says it revokes the old will following the same formalities you used to make your original will (2 witnesses sign in front of you).
If you seek to change your will instead of entirely revoking it, the recommendation is still to simply revoke it and make a new one to avoid any confusion in the language. However, if you only seek to make small amendments, you can add those changes in a “codicil.” You will need to finalize these changes, though, with the same formalities you used to make the original will.
Note that Ohio law revokes any language in a will that leaves property to your spouse or names them the executor if you have formally divorced. You can include a statement in your will that you wish to keep your ex-spouse on the will, however. An experienced will attorney can better help you with this situation if applicable.
Whether you have questions about making a will or revoking an old will, Sobon Law LLC is here to help. I, Attorney Patrycja, am particularly passionate about helping young families plan for their future, so I approach will-related matters with sensitivity and care. Naturally, no one wants to talk about what will happen when they’re no longer here, however, planning for such an unforeseeable future is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your will, and Sobon Law LLC is especially experienced with working on wills with young parents and families. Most of this work can also be done electronically, other than the final step of signing the will before an attorney, and my firm has the technology and tools to provide virtual, remote assistance for your convenience.
Contact Sobon Law LLC online to schedule an initial consultation for more information.