WILL REVOCATION AFTER DIVORCE IN ARIZONA
Once your divorce has been finalized, you probably don’t want to keep your ex-spouse as a beneficiary of your estate. Therefore, one of the first tasks you should complete is revoking, or canceling, your current will. Also, this may only be necessary if the wording in your will is specific (Listing your ex spouse’s specific name in the will vs. “my husband/wife”). In some cases, you may be able to simply amend your will by using a valid codicil. However, if you have designated that your former spouse receive a major part of your estate, it might be easier to just start over with a new will.
Plus, your last will and testament may also need significant revisions if your former spouse is named as an executor to your estate. Our experienced Arizona Estate Planing attorneys can assist you with the revocation of your will during or after a divorce. With both family attorneys and estate planning lawyers, our team is the right team to assist. Call today for a free consultation.
Revoking a will is fairly simple in Arizona. Whereas, you can revoke a will by physically destroying it- tearing it, shredding it, burning it, etc. It is not the best solution. However, destroying your will leaves you without a will, at least temporarily. Also, creating a new will that is inconsistent with your old will also revoke your old will. This is a better solution. Therefore, if you want to make your new will even clearer, you can include a statement along the lines of, “With this will, I revoke and cancel all previous wills.”
Contact an Experienced Will and Trust Attorney
Of course, all of this can be done without the assistance of an attorney. However, it is always best to seek the assistance of an experienced wills and trust lawyer. The attorneys at My Arizona Lawyers are a perfect fit for this situation.