If you have a will or plan on making a will, you also should know the number of ways it can be revoked or cancelled. Most commonly, marriages, divorce and a new baby or family member, may change how you want your estate divided. In these cases, you may wish to revoke your will.
An essential part of having a will is understanding when it could be revoked. Life events where you may consider repealing your will include:
Laws in Ontario say that a will or part thereof is revoked when:
It’s important to bear in mind that there are strict legal requirements around the above-listed reasons for revoking a will.
Just writing a letter stating your previous will is revoked might not be considered legally valid. Setting fire to your current will to write another also may not comply.
Without a clear understanding of how to legally revoke a will, you could run into unintended consequences if you mistakenly believe your will has been revoked and it remains valid.
Need help revoking your will? Don’t hesitate to call Epstein & Associates today to talk to one of our family law professionals to get an opinion on your next steps.