I’d like to change the Executor of my Will want to know if I could draw the document up myself have it notarized.

I had my Will updated after the loss of my grandson changed
the power of attorney to my younger son, but didn’t have the
attorney draw up a new Executor which I want as my younger son
too. At the time I was having health issues my mistake. I
reached out to the attorney 3 times as well as called 2 times. He
has NEVER responded not sure what’s going on, but do know
he left the law firm he was in.

Asked on November 13, 2018 under Estate Planning, Missouri

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

For a change such as this, you can draft and execute a "codicil" which is really just an amendment to the Will. And just like the Will, it must be witnessed by 2 people (neither of which should be a listed benefciary in the Will). Further while their signutres need not be notarized, doing so will expedite probate.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can type up the document yourself. It must be be more than notarized, however: it must be signed and witnessed just like a will. That means that you must sign the document in the presence of two witnesses (neither of whom is themself a beneficiary under the will), both of whm must then also sign in each other's presence, and all the signtures should be (to facilitate probate) notarized.


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