Richard F. Storrow has published his article, “Dependent Relative Revocation: Presumption Or Probability?” in the Real Property, Trust And Estate Law Journal. Winter 2014 Vol. 48, No. 3. The abstract reads as follows:
A primary goal of the law of wills is to carry out the testator’s intent. However, when a testator dies leaving a succession of wills or having expressed to an attorney his or her plan to execute a new will, ascertaining the testator’s intent can be difficult. The problem is especially challenging when a court attempts to rationalize the testator’s intent with the principle of law that disallows correcting wills. This Article explores how courts have used the doctrine of dependent relative revocation to determine which testamentary scheme should be admitted to be probate. The application of this doctrine has unfortunately become untidy and unpredictable, due in part to the failure of courts to position their use of dependent relative revocation within the traditional framework of will interpretation. This Article explains the advantages of adopting a two-step interpretive process for applying the doctrine.