Do I need an attorney to draft a codicil to my Will?

I have a Will that has been registered through an attorney with the court system. It leaves everything to my wife and was made when our 3 boys were very young.Now they are grown (oldest 40 ) and I want to add a codicil (I think) that leaves my wife her half of my IRA, with the boys sharing the other half. (My attorney no longer practices regularly). The home would still go to my wife.

Asked on April 11, 2014 under Estate Planning, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Do you *need* an attorney? No--the law does not require that wills or codicils be drafted by an attorney. That said, you should have one: wills (including their codicils) are highly technical, and any error in how they are drafted or witnessed can leave them ineffective.

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