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What is a will?
A will is a document that sets forth how a person would like to have his or her probate property distributed upon death. To be valid, a will must meet certain formal legal requirements.
Who may make a will?
Any person who is at least 18 years old, of sound mind, and not under undue influence, may make a will in Ohio.
How is a will made?
With limited exceptions, a will must be written and signed. A will must be witnessed by at least two people who have no interest in the will, in a special manner provided by law, and it must be executed in strict accordance with the law. The best way to ensure that a will is properly executed is to have an attorney supervise the signing of the will.
May I change my will?
Yes; you may change your will as often as you wish. You may change your entire will or you may change only part of it by using a document called a codicil. You should have your will reviewed if you have a change in circumstances, such as a marriage, birth of children, a divorce, changes in the nature or value of your estate, or if there are changes in the law. Changes in circumstances require careful analysis and reconsideration of all your will’s provisions to determine if it needs to be revised. To avoid potential unintended consequences, you should not make changes without the assistance and advice of an attorney.