The vast majority of people make more than one will over the course of their lifetime.
It is important to review your will from time to time but always in the following circumstances:-
You get married or enter into a civil partnership
If your will was not stated to be made in expectation of your marriage or civil partnership then your will automatically ends when you get married or enter into a civil partnership. Unless you make a new will you will therefore die without a will and the laws of intestacy will determine what happens to your assets.
You get divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved
Any gift in your will to your former spouse or civil partner will automatically become invalid from the date of your divorce/the dissolution of your civil partnership. Also, if you appointed your former spouse or civil partner as your executor this will no longer be valid. You should make a new will to reflect your new circumstances.
You separate from your spouse or partner
Separation, judicial separation and separation orders have no effect on a will. However, if you no longer want your spouse or partner to inherit from you or be your executor you need to update your will.
If your executor or a beneficiary under your will dies
Your will may already provide for what happens in the event of the death of your executor or a beneficiary. If it does not, you may need to change your will.
You have new additions to your family
Is an exciting time when your family expands to include new children or grandchildren. You may want to change your will to include new family members. Parents with children under 18 should always think about appointing a guardian (although this does not need to be part of a will).
Your assets have changed significantly
Sometimes wills need updating because you either have more assets than you used to or because you no longer have the assets you used to have (e.g. you have sold your home).
You have simply changed your mind
At Brooke-Taylors we regularly talk to our clients about their existing wills. Sometimes it is just a matter of having a ten minute free of charge meeting or phone call in which we reassure somebody that their will still does everything they want it to. In other cases, we advise that a new will or codicil (a short document which alters an existing will) should be entered into.
If you have any concerns about your will, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Private Client Team: Amy Holliday, Zoe Mellen, or Rosemary Wood.