What Happens if I Revoke My Will?
If you revoke a will and you did not execute any another
will prior to that, you will be deemed to have died intestate. Your property will pass via the intestate
statute. But let’s say you make “Will A”
and years later, you make “Will B” which entirely revokes the former “Will
A.” If you later destroy “Will B, does
it revive “Will A?”
law, the effect of your revocation really boils down to intent. Washington law states that if, after you make
a will you execute another will that revokes the first one, the destruction of
the second will does not revive the first will.
You will be deemed to have died intestate. That said, there is one important
exception. If a testator intended to
revive the first will, then it is deemed revived. Your intent, of course, will be subject to
evidence proving that you intended to revive the first will. If you
intend to revoke a will, it is very important that you meet with an attorney so
he/she can guide you through the appropriate way to revoke your will and to
make sure that your property distribution objectives are met.