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Can you amend a will in Nevada?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Estate Planning |

Creating a will is a vital step in ensuring that your assets and possessions go to the people you want to have them after you pass away. Over time, your circumstances might change, leading to a need to update the details of your will.

If you live in Nevada, you might wonder if you can amend a will to reflect these changes. The answer is yes, you can, but there are specific rules and procedures you must follow.

A codicil

In Nevada, you can amend a will through a document called a codicil. A codicil is a supplement to a will that explains, modifies or revokes a part or the entirety of the existing will.

To write a codicil, you must follow the same formalities as you would with a will. You should make it clear that the document is a codicil and specifically refer to the will that you are amending. The codicil must be in writing, and you must sign it in front of two competent witnesses, who also must sign the codicil.

Revoking a will

If you prefer to make substantial changes to your will, you might find it easier to revoke the existing will and create a new one. You can revoke a will in Nevada by physically destroying the original document or by creating a new will that states it revokes the previous one.

Regardless of why you want to make the change to your will, following the specific rules and guidelines of the state is important. By understanding the amendment process, you can make sure that your wishes are up-to-date and legally binding.