If my Will bequeaths personal property to a specified individual but the item is destroyed, stolen or sold, do I have to revise my Will?

Asked on November 10, 2014 under Estate Planning, Virginia


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Generally, no.  If the item specifically bequeathed no longer exists the bequest fails (considered to have been "adeemed").  However, a specific state law could change that and given that this has happened, it may be a good idea for you to have the Will reviewed (not re done) to make sure that everything else is in place.  Good luck.

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