Will Guide
Introduction
What Happens if You Die Without a Will
Probate
Leaving Property to Heirs
Guardianships
Debts
Homes and Family Residence
Testamentary Trusts
Amending and Revoking Your Will
Marriage, Divorce and Children
Estate Taxes
Will FAQs
What is a will?
What happens if you die without a will?
Is my out-of-state will valid if I move?
What makes a will legal?
Can I make a handwritten will?
Do I have to file my will with a court or in public records?
Can I disinherit someone?
What should I do with my will after I sign it?
Can I change or revoke my will after I make it?
What happens to my debts after I die?
Where can I get my will notarized?

What You Need To Know

Can I change or revoke my will after I make it?



You can revoke a will any time before death by making a new will, which states that all prior wills are no longer valid. To revoke a will without making a new one, all you have to do is intentionally tear it up, deface it, burn it or destroy it. If this is done accidentally, then the will is not revoked.

What happens if you make a new will (which revokes all prior wills) and then decide that you like your old will better? You need to make a whole new will that replaces the new one and mimics the old one. The old will is invalid and cannot be revived after it has been revoked.

One way to make changes to a will is to make a codicil, which is an amendment to a will. However, a codicil must be signed and witnessed just like a will, so it is usually easier just to make a new will.

Be sure not to make changes to your will after it has been witnessed and signed. If you cross out a person's name or add a clause to a will that has already been signed, you risk making the whole will invalid.

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