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Changing or Cancelling a Will - Change your will

Change your will

Step 1. Put your wishes in writing

You can prepare a new will at any time. 

Or you can change the existing one by signing a separate document, called a codicil. To be legal, the codicil has to meet the same requirements as a will. For example, it must be in writing, dated, and signed by you and two witnesses. You don’t have to use the same two witnesses you used for your will. The codicil must refer to the will (and previous codicils) it’s amending. 

Step 2. Give your executor a copy of the new will or codicil

Give your executor a copy of the new will or codicil. 

If you prepared a codicil, attach a copy of the original will to the codicil.

If you chose a new executor, let your old executor know that you no longer need their services. 

You may wish to talk to family members or beneficiaries about any major changes in your wishes.

Step 3. Register the new will or codicil

If you’ve written a new will or changed it with a codicil, you can file a new wills notice with the Wills Registry to register the change.