Marriage or civil partnership: If the testator marries or enters into a civil partnership after making their will, their existing will is automatically revoked, unless it was made in contemplation of the marriage or civil partnership.
Divorce or dissolution of civil partnership: If the testator gets divorced or their civil partnership is dissolved, any provisions in their will that relate to their former spouse or civil partner are automatically revoked, unless the will expressly provides otherwise.
Express revocation: The testator can revoke their will by making a written declaration of revocation, which must be executed in the same way as a will.
It is important to note that in order for a revocation to be valid, it must be done with the intention of revoking the will. If the testator destroys their will by accident, for example, it will not be considered revoked. Similarly, if the testator executes a new will without the intention of revoking their previous will, both wills may be considered valid and the court will have to determine how to distribute the assets.
Creating a will is an important step in planning for the future. It allows you to choose how your assets will be distributed, can help to avoid family disputes, reduce estate taxes, name a guardian for your children, and provide peace of mind. But all these benefits will be for nothing if the will has been invalidated.
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