What You Should Know About Legally Nullifying and Voiding a Will in McAllen

When was the last time you updated your will? If you’ve married, divorced, have a growing family, or acquired new property, then it’s time to make adjustments. If you don’t update your will, your most recent copy is legally binding. This can create a problem if your family has grown and now includes children, grandchildren, etc. If your heirs aren’t listed in the will, they may not receive what you’ve wished them to inherit. 

The process of a court handling your assets in accordance with your will is known as probate, and our McAllen attorneys would like to go over a few methods to nullifying or voiding your current will if the time has come to create a new one.



The best method to nullifying a will is by destroying it. Methods include:

  • Tearing it apart
  • Burning or shredding it
  • Writing VOID across all pages

Before nullifying your will, be sure to let our McAllen probate attorneys know first. They can walk you through the process and answer your questions.  



If you choose to change specific provisions in your will, you can nullify it by enforcing a codicil and/or an ademption. First, you’ll want to specify in your new will that it is the most current document and that all other drafts are now void. Then, our attorneys can create a codicil to make changes to current wills or an ademption to change heirs for specific possessions.

Drafting a New One

If you choose to void a will and don’t draft a new one, the state decides what becomes of your possessions. This is why you should have our probate lawyers help you with your situation. We can make the process hassle-free by drafting, planning, and filing your will, too.

Contact Our Probate Attorneys in McAllen

If you’ve never made a will before or need to update a current one, our probate attorneys in McAllen can help you. Contact us today to get started.

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