Once a will is properly executed, pages cannot be changed or replaced unless the will is re-executed with the same formalities required of a new will. In a case decided in 2013, a Texas Court of Appeals had to decide an issue relating to the time frame in which corrections of some of the pages in a will occurred.
There was no question that the will contain mistakes and that they were corrected. The question was whether the corrections were made after the will was executed or before. The first thing that the court ruled on was who had the burden of proof. They ruled that the person who was claiming the will was corrected after it was executed had the burden of proof. While there was some conflicting evidence, the trial judge ruled that the corrections were made before the will was executed. On appeal, the appeals court ruled that the person claiming that the will was executed before the corrections were made did not meet their burden of proof and therefore ruled against them. No one stated directly that the will was corrected after it was executed. There was some circumstantial evidence that the attorney took the will back to his office at one point, made the corrections and returned but no one said definitely this took place after the will was executed. The will was admitted to probate. No. 05-11-00246-CV.
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