Changing your Will
Once a Will has been written, you may wish to change it for one of the following reasons:
- To update it
- To cancel it
Updating a Will
You should consider updating your Will in the following circumstances:
- If your marital status changes
- If you sell anything that is left as a specific gift in your Will
- If you buy something and want to leave it as a specific gift in your Will
- If you adopt or have any more children
- If you move to live outside the UK (you are likely to need a totally new Will in your new country of residence)
- If the person you appointed as the guardian for your children needs to be changed
- If your executors need to be changed
- If you change your mind about the instructions contained in your Will
For more information about updating your Will see: When to update your Will.
Cancelling a Will
You may cancel a Will in three ways:
- Making a subsequent Will containing a revocation clause or which contradicts the first Will
- By getting married or entering into a civil partnership, unless that Will was made in contemplation of that marriage/civil partnership and you stated that the Will was to continue to be valid after that marriage/civil partnership
- Physically destroying the Will
If it is the person's intention to cancel their existing Will, it is best to make the position absolutely clear in the new Will or codicil. A codicil is a document which alters the terms of an existing Will.
For more information on cancelling a Will see: Cancelling a Will.