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    Default Effects of Name Change on a Will

    My will names my daughter as executrice of my estate and sole beneficiary. My daughter is an actress who changed her name through court order. I live in Pennsylvania. Do I need to update my will to reflect my daughter's new name?

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    Default Re: Effects of Name Change on Will

    It certainly would be best to - contact the lawyer who drew up the will.

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    Default Re: Effects of Name Change on Will

    If that's the only change you want to make, you could probably simply execute a codicil rather than rewriting the entire will. But most people should consider a full review of their estate plan every ten to fifteen years (or after a major change in their living circumstances, such as a divorce). For example, sometimes somebody who was once well-served by a will, upon review, will find that their family circumstances and increased assets warrant a living trust.

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    Default Re: Effects of Name Change on Will

    I agree with that. Just be sure any additions/changes (codicils) to the will are attached to all copies.

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    Default Re: Effects of Name Change on Will

    I think it is better to rewrite the whole will.

    Those codicils tend to get lost sometimes, if you know what I mean.

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    Default Re: Effects of Name Change on Will

    Thanks to all who responded.

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