It’s fairly common for someone to come into an estate planning attorney’s office and ask about creating a will. Some of these people have created a will in the past but have, for whatever reason, decided to write a new one. While you can update or renew the terms of your will whenever you like, one thing you do not have to worry about is an old will becoming too old.
As long as you create a will in Florida that contains all the legally required elements, a probate court will accept it as legally valid even if you created it decades ago. Wills do not expire, so if you created your will correctly the first time you do not have to change it or update it just because time has gone by.
Wills are not agreements between you and someone else. They are simply an expression of your desires and, because of that, you can change your will at will. If you want to make a change you will have to either create a codicil—a will amendment—or an entirely new will. As long as you remain of sound mind you can do this whenever you wish.
If you moved to Florida from another state and created a will in your previous state there is no requirement that you create a new one once you move to Florida. However, because there are some differences in state laws, it’s always a good idea to update your will whenever you move or go through any significant life event.
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