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3 methods for revoking a will

| Aug 19, 2020 | Estate Planning

There is no avoiding change in life. Whether that means losing a job, getting married or having kids, what is most important is how one navigates these changes. In terms of estate planning this usually means updating a will or replacing an old one. Properly revoking an old will is also part of this process, and there are generally three methods for doing so.

The first option for revoking an old will is to simply destroy it. Some people choose to shred their wills while others use fire or scissors. These are effective methods so long as the creator of the will intends to destroy it. A will that has not been thoroughly destroyed according to Texas state law could still be upheld in court, so it may be a good idea to learn more about this process before starting.

Creating a new will is another option. However, it is not enough to make a new will without any references to an old version. Including language that specifically revokes old wills can eliminate confusion should both versions be discovered following death. It is also possible to change an existing will. These changes are often related to property designations and beneficiaries, but may cover anything in the will.

Wills are intended to help clear confusion following one’s death. Failing to properly revoke a will can have the opposite effect. A family could be left with two wills stating very different wishes, or only have access to an old will with outdated information. Protecting loved one’s from these types of scenarios is often a priority during estate planning. Texas estate planning law may not always seem clear though, so it may be helpful to reach out to an experienced attorney for guidance.