How to Submit an Application to Amend a Will in Israel
This article address various situations and procedures when it may be necessary to amend a will and how to submit an application to amend a will in Israel. The way one goes about requesting an amendment depends on the type and source of error in the document originally submitted.
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Our law office specialize in a variety of fields, including inheritance law in Israel. This article is one in a series addressing different aspects of Israeli inheritance law, based on the Hebrew instructions on the Ministry of Justice website under the Registrar of Inheritance Affairs. To read more, see our collection of articles on inheritance issues.
Errors in Paperwork Due to the Registrar
If the amendment has to do with the identity card number or the name of the heirs or correcting a mistake in the will as a result of how the data was entered in the system of the Registrar of Inheritance Affairs, please prepare a request in writing to the offices of the registrar in the district where the will is being addressed. You can submit the request in writing by mail, fax, or post. When writing, make sure to note the mistake that was made in the submitted will as well as the address to send the amended order. (We have two other articles that provide relevant information about the registrars, one with addresses and fax numbers and another with links to their pages and email addreses.)
Correction of errors for the reasons above will be without any payment, and the correction will be processed as a service without payment.
Errors in Paperwork Due to Those Who Submitted the Application
If the mistake in the order is due to a mistake in the application that was submitted for granting an order, it is necessary to submit an application to amend the order prepared in an affidavit together with the documents supporting the application.
It is necessary to pay a fee for a “different application” and to attach the confirmation of payment to the application. Even if the payment is made online, please print a copy of the confirmation of payment and attach it to the application. (See our other articles on various fees and how to pay them.)
Application to Amend a Will in Israel By Adding/Removing Heirs
If the amendment of the will has to do with adding or removing heirs from the will that was already given, it is necessary to submit an application for an amendment prepared in an affidavit and to note that the estate of the deceased has not yet been distributed. If relevant, it is necessary to attach original affidavits attesting to the removals of heirs.
In this case, it is necessary to pay a fee to amend the will and to attach the confirmation of payment to the application, even if it was paid on the internet.
An application to amend a will by adding or removing heirs is transferred (after typing and scanning it) to the relevant person who will respond to the request. The person who will receive the application is the legal adviser in the custodian general’s department in the district that is dealing with the issue. After a response is issued by the legal adviser, the application with the response is returned to the Registrar of Inheritance Issues.
If you have questions about an application to amend a will in Israel, making corrections, adding or removing heirs, or any other issue related to inheritance procedures, please contact us.
Advocate Michael Decker specializes in Israeli inheritance law and would be happy to discuss this issue with you.