Is a will void is one of the beneficiaries marked out multiple sections of the will?

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Is a will void is one of the beneficiaries marked out multiple sections of the will?

Several recipients are removed from will with lines drawn
through a will and crossed out sections of the will. Although
the decendent wanted the will changed it was never legally
done. Now what does the executor do?

Asked on December 1, 2017 under Estate Planning, Mississippi

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Consult with a trusted attorney in the area as to how this is handled in this jurisdiction.  In other states, depending on how the crossing out was handled, the law would require a hearing on the changes.  You see the general rule is no, the Will can not be amended in this way.  either a new Will must be done or a Codicil to the old Will.  But say the testator signed or initialed after each change and it was witnessed as well.  The court could find the amendments valid.  You have tio know if the court would find a hearing necessary or the Will totally void.  And you have every right to hire an attorney.  Good luck.


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