When should a Will be updated?

Written by Terry Johansson | 27th September 2013

It is recommended that your Will be updated each time there is a significant change of circumstances in your life to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes at all times. This may be a marriage, a separation or divorce, the birth of a child or a change in your financial situation. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner or spouse now lives with someone else, you may wish to change your Will so that another person benefits from your Estate rather than your former spouse or partner.

If you do not keep your Will updated, then unfortunately there may be very little that your family members can do to stop the division of your estate in accordance with an out of date Will.

Although changes to a Will can be made directly on the original document or by a codicil, there may be serious consequences if these changes are not done properly so it is preferable to prepare a brand new Will. You should seek legal advice before making any changes to a Will.

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