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A Will is revocable at any time during the testator's lifetime. A testator may not revoke their Will in any manner they choose: a Will may only be revoked by automatic operation of law (involuntary revocation) or by a deliberate act of the testator (voluntary revocation). Apart from these methods, and where there has been an obliteration under section 21 of the Wills Act 1837 (WA 1837), an attempt to revoke the Will by any other method will be ineffective. For example, a Will is not revoked by a presumed intention or a change of circumstances unless the change of circumstances is specified in WA 1837.
A Will is revocable by law on:
Certain provisions of a Will are revocable by law on:
divorce or nullity of marriage
dissolution or nullity of civil partnership
Revocation of a Will by marriage or civil partnership
For Wills made on or after 1 January 1983, WA 1837, s 18 (as substituted by section 18 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982) provides that:
'18. Wills to be revoked by marriage except in certain cases(1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4) below a Will shall be revoked by the testator's marriage.(2) A disposition in a Will in exercise of a power of appointment shall take effect notwithstanding the testator's subsequent marriage unless the property so appointed
'18. Wills to be revoked by marriage except in certain cases
(1) Subject to subsections (2) to (4) below a Will shall be revoked by the testator's marriage.
(2) A disposition in a Will in exercise of a power of appointment shall take effect notwithstanding the testator's subsequent marriage unless the property so appointed
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