Ademption and Wills Ademption occurs when a person leaves a specific gift in their will, but disposes of that item before their death. Upon their death that there is no gift to give and the beneficiary generally (there are exceptions) misses out. An example: “I give my Honda Accord car to my son and the residue of my estate to my daughter” If you sell the Honda and buy a Mazda your son may miss out completely. The Mazda would go to the daughter. A way around this is to keep the wording broad : “I give any vehicle that I own at my death to…” sort of thing. A car is a small asset, but imagine this occurring with real property. Back up clauses and also assist. “I give x to y, but if I no longer own x I give…” Another way is to constantly keep updating your will as your ownership of assets change.