There are two specific methods you can follow when revoking a will. You can either:
Writing of the word ‘revoked’ on your will does not legally revoke it.
In most cases, make a new will is best. By having something in writing, signed by you and dated, its much easier for your executors to demonstrate that you terminated your old will. Compare that to a scenario where you simply tore up or destroyed your old will…….it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that someone might simply say it was lost and perhaps even produce a copy of your old will claiming it was still valid and still reflected your wishes.
Don’t take that chance – make a new will and give copies to your executors and family (as you see fit of course).
In addition to the above, your last will is normally revoked by marriage unless it has been drafted “in contemplation of marriage” and expressly says that. In some states, a will can be revoked if you have a child after executing your will if the will has not expressly dealt with this possibility in its terms. For these reasons, it’s important to ensure that you update your will every time you experience a major life event.
We recommend updating your will at least every two years.
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