Revoke a will

My husband and I have a mirror will circumstances have changed so want to revoke will I cannot go to solicitors office to sign to get wills back is there any other options 
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  • JGB1955
    JGB1955 Posts: 3,470 Forumite
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    If you write a new will it will revoke the previous one.
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  • Flugelhorn
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    JGB1955 said:
    If you write a new will it will revoke the previous one.
    just make sure that whoever needs to know, knows that there is a new will and the one at the solictor's is no longer valid 
  • tacpot12
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    If you are happy for the rules of intestacy to apply, you could arrange for the Will to be destroyed in your presence. The solicitor will bring it to your home if you pay for them to do so, and will check that you understand the effect of your actions - they will check you have capacity to destroy the Will, and will then do so in your presence. 

    This link might be useful: How to Destroy Your Will Correctly (co-oplegalservices.co.uk)
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  • Marcon
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    qw12 said:
    My husband and I have a mirror will circumstances have changed so want to revoke will I cannot go to solicitors office to sign to get wills back is there any other options 
    You don't normally have to go to a solicitor's office to collect documents. Ask for the will to be posted to you by Special Delivery (you'll have to pay the fee), explaining that you intend to destroy it and make a new will. Are you going to use the same solicitor to draw up the new will? If so, that should encourage them to do the necessary without delay!
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Malthusian
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    edited 21 June 2023 at 9:59AM
    tacpot12 said:
    If you are happy for the rules of intestacy to apply, you could arrange for the Will to be destroyed in your presence.
    Making a new Will is a much better idea, as simply destroying the Will could cause an old Will to become valid again in practical terms. (Not legally, but if an old Will is found on your death and the document saying that it has been revoked no longer exists...)
  • qw12
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    Thinking of making a will online solicitor’s have said I have to make an appointment to revoke will as it has to be signed for so I think I will get charged for this ?
  • Flugelhorn
    Flugelhorn Posts: 5,547 Forumite
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    qw12 said:
    Thinking of making a will online solicitor’s have said I have to make an appointment to revoke will as it has to be signed for so I think I will get charged for this ?
    I understood that simply making a new will meant that it replaced the old one and then the old one was no longer valid.
  • Mojisola
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    qw12 said:
    Thinking of making a will online solicitor’s have said I have to make an appointment to revoke will as it has to be signed for so I think I will get charged for this ?
    We have asked for the original wills from the solicitor who was storing them and collected them from reception. 
    If you're not making your new will with the same solicitor, some will charge a fee to get your will from safe storage but it should only be a nominal amount - if you have the agreement you signed with the company, check what that says.
  • cymruchris
    cymruchris Posts: 5,165 Forumite
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    qw12 said:
    My husband and I have a mirror will circumstances have changed so want to revoke will I cannot go to solicitors office to sign to get wills back is there any other options 
    Is the office fairly local? The solicitor can usually provide a home based service - particularly if you get a new will drawn up at the same time. They'll also usually arrange the witnessing as well if you want them to. 


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  • user1977
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    qw12 said:
    Thinking of making a will online solicitor’s have said I have to make an appointment to revoke will as it has to be signed for so I think I will get charged for this ?
    Why do you think you'll be charged?
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