Estate planning should not be a one-time event. As your life, family, and financial situation changes, you should periodically revisit and revise your estate plan accordingly. That said, it is important to understand that a will does not come with an “expiration” date. If you sign a will today and leave it untouched for the next 50 years, that same will is still legal and admissible before a California probate court.
Probate Court Admits 50-Year-Old Will
For example, a California appeals court recently upheld the admission of a will signed in 1965 by a person who died in 2012, some 47 years later. The deceased was a married woman who had separated from her husband some months prior to her death. The husband, believing his wife had died without leaving will, asked a probate court to appoint him as administrator of her estate.