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Last Will and Testament

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Last Will and Testament

This document provides disposition of your assets to your chosen beneficiaries at the point of your passing away.  You are free to change your Last Will and Testament by revoking the document or by adding a Codicil.  Revoking may be accomplished several ways:  writing a new Last Will and Testament, physically destroying the current document, or, unfortunately, placing it a location your beneficiaries cannot find.  A Codicil can make a small change to the document, especially if you want to add a major asset or change a beneficiary due to circumstances unforeseen at the time you made your Last Will and Testament.  If you have significant changes, it would be best to write a new Last Will and Testament.

You should store your original copy of your Last Will and Testament in a safe location, and let your executor and one or two other individuals know of the location.  Photocopies of your Last Will and Testament might be acceptable to the Probate Court after a hearing or some other procedure designed to determine the authenticity of the copy.  However, it is more prudent and efficient for your Executor to have the original Last Will and Testament to present to the Probate Court.