can a will be written stating that it can not be changed in the future by codicils, etc?

My grandmother passed away and left most of her estate in name cds, deed to house etc changed before she passed or left in POD to my uncle. Although her will left the estate split between her 2 sons. My father had stated that he would allow that to happen because my uncle had no means of support and was living in my grandparents’ house after he attempted suicide.
He has a ‘good for nothing’ son who has not convinced him to move to another state. My uncle’s current will lists my siblings and myself as his heirs and specifically disinherits his son and daughter he signed away parental rights to.
We are talking about over 500,000.

Asked on May 12, 2016 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, no will--or, for that matter, other llegal document, like a contract--can prevent future changes. A will can always be revised, changed, invalidiated, or superceded by a later will, codicil or amendment. The only way to make irrevocable changes is to give the assets away now, whether to a person or a trust (an irrevocable trust): once they no longer belong to a person, he cannot later change their disposition.


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