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What Can Make A Will Invalid?

  • By: Starr Law Offices
  • Published: December 6, 2016

TED STARR ANSWERS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In this video blog, you’ll get the answer to this frequently asked question: What can make a will invalid?

Hi, my name is Ted Starr. I’m an attorney in Pinellas Park and I’m here to answer some questions. The question is: What can make a will invalid? Well sometimes a will is not necessarily all invalid. Sometimes there are parts of it that are difficult or invalid. For instance, a person in their will, if they’ve written their will themselves, that haven’t taken care to make it clear and complete, might say “I leave $1000 to my best friend, Bob.” But if they don’t put Bob’s last name down, after they pass away, it’s conceivable that they could have two guys come forward named Robert who say they are the persons best friend, trying to claim the $1000. So the will in that case wasn’t clear and likely that gift will lapse. In other words, Bob, or one of the Bob’s won’t get any money because it wasn’t clear what they should get. So you want to be very clear when you write out a will. What your intentions are and who the people are that you’re involving in your will. You can’t just put down, “my best friend Bob gets $1000” and think that’s going to be the conclusion when you pass away. You want to be very clear and exact in what you say in a will so things are messed up. When you pass away you can’t fix the error that’s left there by not putting Bob’s last name in.

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