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Article - Estates and Trusts


    (a)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a will, or any part of it, may not be revoked in any manner.

    (b)    A will may be revoked under the following circumstances:

        (1)    By provision in a subsequent, validly executed will that:

            (i)    Revokes any prior will or part of it either expressly or by necessary implication; or

            (ii)    Expressly republishes an earlier will that had been revoked by an intermediate will but is still in existence;

        (2)    By burning, cancelling, tearing, or obliterating the will, by the testator, or by some other person in the testator’s presence and by the testator’s express direction and consent;

        (3)    By subsequent marriage of the testator followed by the birth, adoption, or legitimation of a child by the testator provided the child or the child’s descendant survives the testator; and all wills executed before the marriage shall be revoked; or

        (4)    By an absolute divorce of a testator and the testator’s spouse or the annulment of the marriage, either of which occurs subsequent to the execution of the testator’s will; and all provisions in the will relating to the spouse, and only those provisions, shall be revoked unless otherwise provided in the will or decree.