How do I change beneficiary?

My bank account is a living trust. and my only asset. It is under $70,000. I am the trustee. I have a corresponding will. How do I change beneficiaries?

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

You can amend your trust to change the beneficiaries of your trust. The trust only controls assets held by the trust. Normally the corresponding will is a pour over will which means that if there are any assets held outside the trust going through probate, it assets will ultimately end up in the trust. If that is the not the case for you, then changing beneficiaries through the will requires a codicil to the will.

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