The mere passage of time has no effect on the valid will. Individuals and families experience life changes every 2 to 5 years. So even though a will remains valid, the individual and family’s needs change. Tax laws and statutes controlling wills and trusts change as well.

Your estate plan – whether it’s a will or trust – should generally be reviewed every 2 to 3 years and more often if you have a major life change such as the birth or adoption of a child, a divorce or marriage, or a significant increase in assets. – Legally, a will does not take effect until the testator dies and the probate court approves the will.

Prior to death, a competent testator can amend or revoke an existing will. No notice to or approval of the beneficiaries is required. – You can change your will by writing and signing a new will or signing an amendment to the will called a “codicil”. A codicil is a separate document that explains the changes to the will and you make it effective by using the same formalities as with a will.


Answered by:
Michelle Wilson, Esq.
Wilson Legal, PC
Cumming, Georgia

How Long is a Will Valid? was last modified: November 13th, 2022 by Phil Sanders