My papa died recently and in his will his middle named was shorted from francis to frank, do middle names matter with validating a will? such as tom instead of thomas, frank instead of francis, joe instead of joesph, greg instead of gregory?
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If the proper formalities are followed in executing the Will, it is presumptively valid. Witnesses are required to eliminate any question of who the testator was or whether he or she was competent to make a Will (I am skipping over holographic, unwitnessed wills which a few states recognize). Wills use variations in peoples' names all the time. If there is a serious question about identifying a beneficiary, that is an issue for interpretation of the Will but should not invalidate it.
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Mr Brophy offers sound advice and says it all. This really should not be a problem.
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I agree with both of the prior responses. I always ask clients "how they want their names to appear," in the documents. Some prefer to use the entire middle name, some prefer to leave it out, entirely. Some prefer an initial or two. It does not have legal significance, as long as you can identify that it is that person's Will.
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