If I legally change my name, do I have to sign a new Will and Power of Attorney that contains my new name?

Asked on September 10, 2011 under Estate Planning, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you change your name, you technically do not need to signa new will or power of attorney referencing your new name but in order to prevent any future complications or delays as to the former name and the new name, it would be best to have a new will and power of attorney referencing your new name.

Better yet, rather than doing a whole new power of attorney and will, you could simply do an amendment to each of these documents simply stating that the document is an amendment to the prior and just state that your former name was such and your new name is what it is.

Good luck.


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