Revoking a Will

by M-Gillies

Simply tearing up an old will won't be enough to revoke it if copies still exist of that original will.

Life does not come with a sure-fire instruction manual, and regardless of the self-help books, the careful anticipation and strategic planning made, in one lifetime, we’ll see circumstances change in many ways. Marriage, divorce, second-marriage, children, blended families, vehicles, and real estate – all of these are factors most people will experience during their lifetime and with each of these factors, they’ll all have an impact on how our wills are affected.

When a will is written, it acts as a final word in what is left for each beneficiary, but because our lives are changing each day, it’s important to ensure that your will is kept up-to-date and revised to include those factors which are pertinent to the moment.

However, it isn’t enough to simply tear up an old will or throw it in the fireplace. A general practice when writing a will is making copies of the original to protect against unforeseeable events. While this ensures the safety of your wishes, it could be that down the road, you may want to alter the contents there within.

To avoid any legal discrepancies that could hinder the process of your beneficiaries from receiving their inheritance, it’s important to err on the side of caution and when making a new will, ensure to explicitly revoke all previous wills.

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http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wills-trusts-estates-topics/

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/revoking-will-35012.html

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