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CHANGING DOCUMENTSQUESTION: I just have a few little changes that I need done to my Will and Durable Power of Attorney. CanI just cross out what’s there and write in what I want?ANSWER: I get this question a lot. The answer is no. Your change will most likely not be legal meaning that the change may not “change” anything. I know one thing for sure, it will cause a lot of problems. Let’s take your Will for example. Let’s say that you crossed something out in your Will and wrote a change above it. What will most likely happen is that the Will is going to end up before a judge to decide whetherthe change you made was legal or not. Depending on what is at stake (i.e. land, money, or family heirlooms) it could be in Court for years; costing tens of thou- sands of dollars to litigate.How about your Durable Power of Attorney? Let’s say you cross your son’s name out and write in your daughter’sname because you want your daughterto act for you. You then have a strokeso you are unable to pay your utility bills, taxes, etc. Your daughter goes to the bank with your Durable Power of Attorney to access your bank accountsto pay for your bills for you. Do you think the bank is going to accept a Durable Power of Attorney that has names crossed out and new ones written in? Probably not. So now your daughter cannot access your bank accounts to pay your bills. She will have to go to court to be appointed a conservator for you. This will take up a lot of her time and cost her thousands of dollars. The issue of wheth- er the change you made was legal or not hasn’t even been addressed yet.My advice is to never make changes on a legal document yourself. Contact your attorney and he or she will draft an amendment to the document (called a “codicil” for your Will) and make the changes. Not only will the changes be legal, the document will be accepted when presented.Ask TheSenior Times - July 2018Page 15THE ELDER LAW CENTERHelping Seniors Preserve Their LivesAsset Protection Planning for Persons in a Nursing Home or Entering a Nursing Home Powers of Attorney • Wills • Trusts • ProbateDon't Lose Everything You Have To the Nursing HomeI can help you save up to 100% of your assets.Michael B. Walling, J.D., LL.M.Let me help you properly draft and fund a trust before you or your spouse enter a nursing home; it could save you over $50,000!MICHAEL B. 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