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Changing or Cancelling a Will - Cancel your will

Cancel your will

Step 1. Put your wishes in writing

If you simply wish to cancel your will (without preparing a new one), make a written declaration revoking your will. This document must be signed the same way you signed your will — by you with two witnesses looking on and signing it themselves.

You can also cancel your will by preparing a new one. To make it clear that you’re cancelling your old will, include a revocation clause at the beginning of a will:

“I hereby revoke all my prior wills and codicils.” 

Step 2. Give your executor a copy of any new will

Give your executor a copy of a new will, if you prepared one. If you chose a new executor, let your old executor know that you no longer need them to act.

You may wish to talk to family members or beneficiaries about any major changes in your wishes.

Step 3. Register the new will, if any

If you’ve prepared a new will, you can file a new wills notice with the Wills Registry to register the change.