Wills And Probate Myth Busters – Myth #5

Urban myths and misconceptions about Wills, probate and inheritance have been around for generations. But have you stopped to think about whether there is any truth to any of them?

Myth #5: I already have a Will, so I can just keep making changes to it myself as my circumstances change.

The Facts:

This is false. Once your Will has been signed and witnessed by you, the only way you can change it is by either drafting a new Will, or preparing a codicil.

If there has been a major change in your circumstances, such as the birth of children, grandchildren, marriage, divorce, or the death of an executor or beneficiary, we always recommend revoking your existing Will and making a new one to replace it.

If you choose to try to make changes to your Will yourself, you run the very real risk of invalidating your whole Will or at best, not properly including any new gifts or wishes you have tried to add.

We recommend instead that you review your Will every few years to make sure that it still reflects your current circumstances and wishes. If you wish to make any changes, this needs to be done properly by your solicitor.

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