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Changing a will.
Our circumstances change, and sometimes, we need to change our Will. Some people change their Will every year or so. It's relatively inexpensive to change your Will, or have a new Will drafted. Depending what changes you want to make to your Will, you may need to make a completely new one, or you may be able to consider attaching a letter or codicil to your Will confirming the changes you wish to make, amending a will.
Generally, when changing a will, our Wills, Trust and Probate Solicitors would, with modern word-processing technology, make a new Will for our clients to ensure that their wishes are properly documented.
Can I change my Will?
While it is important to have a solicitor draft your will, to ensure that you have a valid will in place, it is equally as important to regularly amend and change your will as your life changes, and ensure that it reflects your current circumstances and wishes. This is the only way to ensure that your will is properly up to date and ensure that your loved ones will be properly taken care of. A will is a legal declaration of what you want to happen to your estate, which many people think of as simply who will receive your money, property and possessions when you die.
However, your will deals with much more than just estates and money, and should, if drafted properly by a solicitor, also include important details such as who will care for your children and who will be in charge of dealing with your estate when you are gone.
Many of our clients don’t know where to start with changing their will, but it is not difficult to change your will with the help of our specialist solicitors for wills. If your circumstances or wishes have changed in any way, we are here to help change your will to reflect your new wishes perfectly. Simply contact our solicitors for wills online here to learn how we can help you to make changes to your will and update your will, for a fixed-fee.
When should I change my will?
Throughout your life your circumstances can change constantly. For example, you may have been married or in a relationship when you first made a Will, and you may no longer be with that person. Therefore, you may want to change who would receive your Estate on your death, to exclude your former spouse or partner, and indeed, to include your new one.
Another common reason that prompts people to change their mind about their Will provisions is when they have children. Initially, they may have made provisions for other family members, friends, or charities. Following the birth of their children, quite often people will wish to make sure that they include provisions for them in their Wills. Alternatively, if a person has a dispute with their child or children, they may wish to make a new Will to make no provisions for that child, and instead leave their Estate to someone else, or an organisation.
Other common examples of life changes, or changes of circumstances, that should prompt you to review and update your will, include:
New grandchildren being born
Getting divorced or separated
If you acquire a valuable gift which should be appointed to somebody in your will
A named executor of the will passes away
Can I update my will myself?
Rather than working with a specialist solicitor for wills, many people attempt to change the will themselves. However, this does not come without associated risks. Our solicitors for wills also know of a huge number or will writing services and will amendment services advertised online for extremely cheap prices, and with no legal assistance. However, these services are often not properly regulated, and do not follow necessary protocol in the same way as our solicitors for wills, meaning that any changes to your will can be invalid when it comes to your relatives trying to claim for your will.
When you choose to work with our specialist solicitors for wills, for a reasonable fixed-fee, you will receive a personalised service from an experienced solicitor, and can rest assured that all of your changes are properly included in your will, and it will perfectly match your wishes.
What changes would I make to my Will?
Well, throughout your life your circumstances can change constantly. For example, you may have been married or in a relationship when you first made a Will, and you may no longer be with that person. Therefore, you may want to change who would receive your Estate on your death, to exclude your former spouse or partner.
Another common reason that prompts people to change their mind about their Will provisions is when they have children. Initially, they may have made provisions for other family members, friends, or charities. Following the birth of their children, quite often people will wish to make sure that they include provisions for them in their Wills.
Alternatively, if a person has a dispute with their child or children, they may wish to make a new Will to make no provisions for that child, and instead leave their Estate to someone else or an organisation.
Do I need to update my Will if I get married?
Yes, you should always consider making a new Will if you get married. When you get married or enter into a civil partnership, unless your Will makes specific reference to your intended marriage or formation of a civil partnership with a specific person, your Will would be revoked by your new marriage.
You can read all about the effects of marriage, civil partnership formation and the ending of these relationships in our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Solicitors’ blog, here.
How can I change my Will?
If you are looking to change your will slightly, or make major amendments to your will, there are two ways to go about it. You can either make a new will, or add a codicil to your existing will. Read on to learn more about what a codicil is, and how to use a codicil. Our solicitors for wills offer bespoke will writing services, and codicil writing services, for a clear, fixed-fee rate. Our specialist solicitors for wills work with confidentiality, and without passing judgement, to ensure that your will is valid, and properly represents your wishes, when you are no longer here.
To speak to our solicitor for wills about how we can help with changing your will, simply contact us online here and speak to a solicitor within one working hour about how we can help.
Is it easy to change a Will?
When you work with a specialist solicitors for wills, the entire process can be very simple, and stress-free. Here at MG Legal, our solicitors for wills have over 20 years’ experience in writing wills, and changing wills, for our valued clients. Our team work closely with all of our clients to guide them through the process of changing their will, and ensuring that their will is drafted in a way to properly represent their wishes, all with confidentiality and without passing judgement.
No matter what your family situation is, and how you would like your estate to be distributed and handled when you are gone, MG Legal’s solicitors for wills and here to change your will accordingly. Simply contact us online here, and speak to a solicitor for wills within one working hour about how we can help you with changing your will, or any other will-related matter.
Do I need to change my Will if I change address?
Not necessarily. If your new address comes with new requirements for your Will, you may need to consider making a new Will or updating your Will. However, if it is as simple as a new address and no other major changes to your circumstances, just let our team of local solicitors for Wills know that you have moved.
We can make a note on our file and place a copy with your Will which states your new address. That way, if you contact us in the future, or if we needed to release your Will to your executors or administrators, we are already aware that you no longer have the same address as stated in your Will.
What is a codicil?
A codicil is an additional legal document that can be used to explain or alter your Will. For example, it will usually make reference to your Will and set out a change to a particular clause in your Will.
As an example, a codicil could say that, in your existing Will, you wish to change Executor X to Executor XY.
The Pros and Cons of adding a codicil to a Will
Sadly, life can be very unpredictable. As your circumstances change, you may need or want to make an alteration to your Will, with an addition that changes your current Will clauses, such as by revoking them, or with a supplement that explains the current clauses of your Will.
One advantage of making a codicil is that it can help avoid the need for you to make a new Will and, historically, this may have been a cheaper option.
However, one potential issue with making a codicil is that, unless it is stored correctly, your codicil could be missed by your Executors in the future. For this reason, local solicitors for Wills would generally suggest that, if your changes are going to be quite big, a new Will could be more appropriate. As an example, if you want to change a gift of property, making a codicil could lead to ambiguity in the future, and therefore cause a potential Will dispute.
Accordingly, our team of Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Solicitors would always suggest making a new Will in these circumstances.
When should I review my Will?
The simple answer to this question is constantly. It’s always a good idea to keep your Will under review. This does not mean that you need to be re-making and re-signing a new Will every week. However, you should always bear in mind that if your circumstances have changed, you should at least review your Will and make sure that it is still correct and reflects your wishes fully.
The big times in life when you should seek legal advice from expert Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate Solicitors to find out whether you should update your Will includes when a loved one dies, one you have children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, etc, or when you move home.
If your Will has been drafted correctly, you may not need to make any updates or changes. However, you may find that there are new points to consider as your circumstances are no longer the same. Contact our solicitors for wills online here for more information about changing a will.
Can I make a note of the changes to be placed with my Will?
In some cases, if the changes that you want to make to your Will are to gifts of personal items to certain people, you may be able to make these in a separate letter to be with your Will.
For example, quite often our Solicitors for wills can include a clause in people’s Wills which leaves all of their jewellery or personal items to their Trustees (commonly the same people as their Executors), for them to distribute in accordance with any wishes that the Testator makes them aware of. This expression of wishes could be verbal, in the form of a written letter or by an indication on the items themselves.
Therefore, if the testator wished to amend any previous expressions they have made, they could make a new letter to be placed with their Will, informing their Trustees that they have changed their mind about certain gifts, and providing new instructions for the Trustees to follow.
How much will it cost to amend my Will?
Quite often, our local solicitors for Wills charge the same price for a person’s first Will as they do to amend someone’s current Will.
However, if a client who we have previously drafted a Will for returns to make a few minor amendments, we may reduce our charges slightly.
You can enquire about the fees for amending your Will with our Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors online.
Often, people will find that it’s easier to draft a new letter of wishes themselves, so that they can provide full details of any gifts and wishes in the letter for their Trustees. So, if this is the case, our Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors would not raise any charges for placing the new note with your original Will.
If you would like our team of expert Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors to draft your Letter of Wishes on your behalf, contact them online.
Change your will today with MG Legal’s solicitors for Wills:
Whether you have recently got married, moved house, or welcomed more grandchildren into the world, the importance of changing your will to reflect your new circumstances should not be put off.
If you are looking for expert legal assistance with changing your will, and a specialist solicitor for wills to guide you through the process in a simple, stress-free way, then MG Legal’s solicitors for wills are here to help on a clear, fixed-fee rate.
To learn more about how our solicitors for wills can assist with changing your will, writing a new will, or adding a codicil to your will, do not hesitate to contact us online here, or email us at email@example.com , to speak to a specialist solicitor for wills within one working hour.