If my husband and I have Wills listing our daughters as beneficiaries but 2 of them are now married and have different last names, do we need to make up new Wills?

Or are the ones we currently have OK?

Asked on October 18, 2015 under Estate Planning, Ohio


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A Will sets out how a person wants their estate distributed. When possible, the law enforces the deceased's intentions. Accordingly, if the beneficiary under a Will is listed under a maiden name, the law presumes that the deceased intended to leave the property to the person named, regardless of the name change. If fact, a Will doesn't even need to use a correct or full legal name in order to leave property to a particular person.
Bottom line, the beneficiary will receive their inheritance even if they are listed under a maiden name and now uses a married name.

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