How to Amend Your Oregon Last Will and Testament In Five Simple Steps


You need to determine what edits to your Oregon last will and testament have to be made. For instance edits, like adding a new child or updating the name of your spouse, are fairly straightforward. Other edits to your Oregon last will and testament, like amending the distribution of specifics can be a little more challenging. Using you can easily update your last will and testament and supporting estate plan documents to reflect your personal situation.


Select how you would like to update your Oregon last will and testament. There are a couple of ways you can update your last will. For example, if you are interested in making minor changes to your last will you might want to use an Oregon codicil to your last will and testament. An Oregon will codicil is a legal document that functions like an amendment to a contract. A codicil is attached to the end of your will and sets up what changes to the will you would like to be made and is signed by the testator along with two witnesses and a notary. For more significant edits it may be more appropriate for you to write a new Oregon will to correctly reflect your updates and edits.


Outline your edits and changes. If you have decided to use a will codicil you can simply write the changes on an Oregon will codicil form. Please be sure to highlight on this page that this document is intended to be a codicil to your last will and testament, and include the day, month and year you are making the change. It is important that these documents be signed by you in front of two witnesses and a notary, in order to be effective under Oregon law. If you have decided to rewrite your will, you can use to produce a document that uses the same format as the original will, and remember to include the day, month, and year you are writing the new will.


Now that you have made your codicil it is time to sign it. Both you and your two witnesses must sign your new will or codicil. Additionally, both your will and your codicil must be signed by the testator, or person making the will, and by at least two witnesses all in the presences of each other. Most states also require your last will and any codicil to be notarized by a notary public. Therefore, you have to check with a lawyer on  Oregon laws regarding proper execution of a last will before you have your will signed and witnessed.


Now that you have signed your Oregon codicil it is time to attach it to your original last will and testament. It is a good idea to store your updated will in a secure location. If there is more than one copy of your will in existence, it is a good idea to attach a copy of the codicil to each copy of the will so there is no confusion about your updates. If you have chosen to write an entirely new will, make sure to gather all the copies of your original will, along with any codicils, and additionally destroy the old wills and codicils so there will be no confusion. Double check that your will is signed, witnessed and notarized before you destroy any prior last will and testaments or codicils thereto.