When naming recipient in a will is there a requirement to have the recipient’s birth certificate?

My ex told our 18 year old granddaughter to give him her birth certificate as he needed it to leave things to her in his Will. He is not to be trusted from many things I know but have not shared with family and before I say anything I want to know from a reliable source.

Asked on May 18, 2017 under Estate Planning, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

NO, there is no legal requirement whatsoever for someone's birth certificate to name them in a will (as either beneficiary or as the executor): all you need is the person's name, though it is helpful to include contact information (e.g. address, phone number) to make it easier to find and contact that person.

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