Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Dependent Relative Revocation
E.g, if one revokes his old will and tries to make a new will because he believed something to have changed about the beneficiaries or if he believes the new will to be legally valid or if he believes the new will to distribute the property differently than it does, then the new will will not be followed and the old will will be.
This is to follow the testator's intent and to avoid intestacy.
The DRR presumption arises when there is a:
- Valid prior disposition,
- Purported revocation, and
- We believe that the testator would not desire the revocation if he knew that the alternative disposition fails or about the mistake of fact.