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Revoking a Will in WV: The Basics

You have the best of intentions when you execute a will, wanting to ease the burden on loved ones by leaving instructions on the distribution of your estate after your death. But executing a will isn't always a matter of set it and forget it. Sometimes a change in circumstances--the passage of time, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or a change in your financial situation--can lead you to change your mind about how you want your estate distributed. Is revoking a will in WV the answer? Read on to find out.

WV Estate Planning 101: Medical Power of Attorney vs Living Will

In my estate planning practice, clients frequently inquire into the distinctions between Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. This is a great question because, under West Virginia (WV) law, it is not a matter of needing one or the other. There is no battle of "medical power of attorney vs living will." Instead, these documents work together as part of a comprehensive estate plan.

What Is a Durable Power of Attorney?

Let's start with the basics. A proper estate plan that protects both you and your assets includes the following legal documents: (1) Last Will and Testament; (2) Durable Power of Attorney; (3) Medical Power of Attorney; and (4) Living Will. In my estate planning practice, clients frequently ask: What is a Durable Power of Attorney? Since the purpose of Durable Powers of Attorney is a frequent point of discussion, below I discuss this estate planning tool's function.
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