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How do I revoke a will in Massachusetts?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2018 | Probate And Estate Litigation |

In everyone’s life, things change over the years. Relationships form and dissolve, and as time goes by, you may realize that the will you made decades ago no longer adequately reflects your wishes. Therefore, you may want to change your will or revoke it completely in order to make a new one.

In the state of Massachusetts, revoking a will is less complicated than you might think. It does not require any formal paperwork or an acknowledgement that this will has been revoked. Simply and quite crudely speaking, all that is required is that you destroy the will that you have made.

Revoking your will by destroying it

Since you have the hard copy of the will, you only need to make sure that it is destroyed. You may want to shred it or safely burn it. Legally speaking, this must be done intentionally, and an accidental destruction of a will is not necessarily valid in this respect. It is important that you completely destroy the will, since simply crossing out words will not be deemed an adequate form of revocation.

Will making a new will automatically revoke the old one?

Another way to revoke your will is to create a new one. This will mean that the older will shall automatically become invalid. However, it is vital that you ensure this will is properly executed, and it should include a statement that confirms the revocation of all wills that you made previously.

If you want to revoke or change a will that you have made in Massachusetts, it is important to understand how the law works.

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