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I. General Introduction
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Volume V: Succession | Chapter 5 (2018): Revocation of Wills

Completed January 2017

Talia Einhorn

1. – The term “revocation”, in the context of “revocation of testaments”, is used in Common Law jurisdictions and in some Civil Law jurisdictions to cover both voluntary revocation by the testator and also “revocation by operation of law”. The latter means an automatic revocation stipulated by law due to a substantial change of circumstances since the testator has made his will. In other Civil Law jurisdictions re…

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Talia Einhorn, “I. General Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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