Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Physical Act Revocation


A will can be revoked by physically destroying the will.

If a will cannot be found and it was last known to be in the defendant's possession, it is presumed to be destroyed.

A will can also be physically revoked by writing on the old will. E.g., crossing it out, writing "void" on it, etc.

In Virginia, the writing on the will must touch the writing in the will to be a valid revocation.

Under UPC § 2-507(a)(2), a writing anywhere on the document can revoke it.