How To Revoke A Will in California

In California, revoking a will is pretty straightforward and can be done in one of two ways provided by the California Probate Code Section 6120.

Firstly, you can revoke a will by simply creating a new will. It is easy enough to include language at the beginning of the new will that basically states that all prior wills are revoked. And even if you were to not include this language an old will can still be revoked if the new one has different or conflicting provisions. But it is always better to just clearly state that you want the first will revoked.

Secondly, and most dramatically, you can revoke a will by physically destroying it. Which means you can burn it or tear it up and throw it out the window if you like, but the act itself must be done by the testator or in their presence as directed.

Revoking a will in California is not so difficult, but it is probably a good idea to do so with the aid of a professional estate litigation Attorney to make sure that any new wills are legally valid.

*This blog entry was not written by an Attorney and should not be constituted as professional legal advice.

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