How long will my Will remain valid?

By Paige Webbstock, Staff Writer.

Your Will remains valid forever. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, you may revoke your Will on purpose, or you divorce your spouse after signing your Will and there is a subsequent property settlement.

If you were married at the time of creating your will and got divorced at a later stage, in most states, either your entire will is revoked or certain aspects of it will be. For example, if you left property to your previous partner that was revoked by the divorce, this will then be revoked in your will too.

If you destroy the original will or write a new one and revoke the old one, this will also invalidate it.

Note that a will that has been revoked by a person who is of legal competency cannot be revived and you’ll have to make a new one. For example, if you have written Will 1 but change your mind and write a new Will 2 saying you revoke Will 1, Will 1 is then totally revoked. If you decide to change your mind again and destroy Will 2, this won’t make Will 1 valid again. You will have to make another.


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