Re: Revoked will

John Hanson


As it is an administration there is no will
I have sent for both admins – at £1.50 no great loss at £10 I’d be thinking differently I expect
Have also found that the administrator on the second one was the brother-in-law of the deceased woman

More interestingly their maternal line look like it might have links to my own brother-in-law but then BYFORD is a common name is Suffolk/Essex




From: <> On Behalf Of Julia Vokes
Sent: 06 February 2021 09:07
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Revoked will


I’m wondering if this instance was actually a variation of the Will which has to happen within two years of the person dying. Essentially it varies the distribution of the estate and is sometimes known as a Deed of family arrangement. It doesn’t matter whether the deceased left a Will or not. So I’m thinking maybe a relative came forward?

Below is the summary from the website

Also known as a variation – or deed of family arrangement – this allows beneficiaries to rearrange or vary their entitlement. A deed of variation can be used by any person who receives a gift under a will to redirect their inheritance to another person. ... Changes can be made provided all the beneficiaries agree.

It’s a useful device as it can be used to reduce inheritance tax



, please excuse any typos.

On 6 Feb 2021, at 07:22, Adrian Bruce <abruce6155@...> wrote:

I've never heard of a revoked Admon either - presumably distribution of the estate had not completed, else there'd be no point in revoking the Admon? 


For the revoking, as it's something that is unlikely to appear again very often, if at all, I'd probably just record the 2 grants of Letters of Administration, and in the notes for the second grant, I'd record the revoking there. Add a similar note to the first grant, if you like. 


If you don't use fact notes and don't want to start, then I guess that a custom event would be the way to go. 

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