I have a friend's will drawn up 8 years ago. A new lawyer wrote a new will and that lawyer has called me and demanded I send him the 8 year old will as by law it must be shredded. I would have to search for the old will and do not think I should have to. Am I required by law to produce the 8 year old will for the new lawyer to shred it. Doesn't the new will take precedence over the 8 year old will in court upon death???
It makes sense that if the new Will is in place all prior versions of a Will should be collected and destroyed. Talk to your friend to make sure this is not a scam. But in principle, the request to destroy any and all outdated Wills is sound. Shredding is a proper disposal method, too.
There is no law that would require destruction of a prior will. For various reasons it is good practice to do so.
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While it is a good idea to shred or otherwise dispose of an old Will once a new Will is drawn up, there is no legal requirement to do so. If you find the old Will, you can dispose of it yourself; you do not need to send it to the attorney for disposal. What the attorney is likely trying to do is make sure that when the time comes there is no chance of multiple Wills being probated.
No. There is no such law. And as a routine matter I keep all prior Wills in the event of a future Will contest. This practice has proven very valuable to me in such litigation.
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Yes, a new Will takes precedence over a previous Will. There is no legal requirement for the destruction of an old Will once you make a new one. Depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be beneficial to retain the old Will.
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