Can You Revoke Your Will?
Updated: Dec 17, 2018
Creating your Last Will and Testament is an essential step to take for your future. But what if you change your mind? You can change your Will by making a Codicil or a new Will. You should never change your Will by writing on it – the changes won’t be effective and could even invalidate the Will.
Can you revoke your Will? Yes, you can revoke your Will by destroying it with the intention of revoking it. Alternatively, you can put something in writing stating that you intend to revoke your Will. It should contain the date of the Will, your signature, and two witnesses’ signatures. If you want to revoke just a portion of your Will, you can only do so by putting it in writing.
In addition, if you create a Will later on and decide to revoke the later Will, the revocation will not automatically revive the former Will. If you wish to revive your former Will, you must make that intention clear in your revocation of the later Will. Or you can republish your former Will. A nuncupative Will can be revoked by another nuncupative Will. (A nuncupative Will is an oral Will that a person makes on his death bed).
If you get divorced after making your Will, all provisions in the Will that benefit your former spouse are revoked. Likewise, if your marriage is annulled, it will have the same effect to your Will as a divorce. Other than these two scenarios, there are no other changes in circumstances that can revoke your Will.