The need for updating a will often arises due to a change in personal circumstances e.g. marriage, divorce or children. As such the extent of the changes requested will dictate the method to adopt.

There are 2 main ways of amending a will:

  • Writing a completely new will
  • Amending an existing will through the addition of a Codicil

Making a new Will

If you have a major change to your personal circumstances then you should make a new will.

All wills begin with the wording, "I revoke all previous wills and codicils.". This means that when writing your new will, all previous versions become null and void. As such, it is advisable to destroy the old will to avoid any confusion at a later date.

If you wish to write a new will, please visit our page about making a will.

Writing a Codicil to a Will

Changing a will may be effected by making a codicil however these documents are only suitable for simple changes to an existing will.

What is a Codicil?

A Codicil is a document that is read alongside your existing will which either amends the terms of that will or incorporates additional clauses to the existing will. the strict rules that apply to making a Codicil to ensure it is valid, mean that you are best advised to seek legal advice rather than attempting to create a Codicil by yourself.

Review your Will Regularly

You should review your will regularly, we recommend at least every 3-5 years to ensure that it reflects your wishes in accordance with changing financial and personal circumstances.

In addition, we recommend a regular review with a solicitor to ensure that your will accords with current legislation.

Contact us today for assistance on how to change your will.

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