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Can wills made in British Columbia be revoked?

Many people state clearly in a will what they would like to have happen after they die. British Columbia resident fashion wills to state what should happen with their assets and their belongings and anything else having to do with their death such as funeral arrangements. Every province and territory in Canada has laws protecting the writers of wills, also known as testators. These laws are fairly consistent and protect testators' wishes.

But there are instances when the contents of a will comes into question and when there could be cause to find it invalid. To be legal, a will must be in writing, signed at the bottom by the testator and have two witnesses, although there may be exceptions to this rule. Some provinces recognize holographic wills which are written in a testator's hand, but British Columbia is not one of them.

Once a will has been written, there are some ways it can be revoked. A new will can be written to override the old will, and in most provinces marriage will revoke a will. If a testator destroys a will or has someone else do it for him or her, that's also considered to be a revocation of the will. If there is a separate document found that states any intention to revoke an existing will, that could also be grounds for revocation as can making changes to a will improperly.

Wills can be involved documents. British Columbia testators might do well to have their wills updated every four years or so by a lawyer experienced in wills and estates law. Life changes and those changes should be reflected in a person's will. A lawyer will know how to make such changes with his or her client's wishes in mind. 

Source:, "Can my will be revoked?", Accessed on Oct. 13, 2017

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