When you make a Will the plan is always that it is to last until you die. However, we all know that is not always the case. Circumstances change and this could result in you wanting to make changes to your Will. Your Will should always contain your present intentions. If you have a Will and your wishes have changed, then take immediate action. If you die, without changing your Will, then the last Will and its provisions will apply. This could cause problems for those you leave behind. Do not leave it to chance, come and speak to one of our Wills and Probate Lawyers.
Even if you do not wish to change your Will, there are certain events that will result in your Will not taking effect in its format or being invalid. You should always consider getting a new Will. If you get married or enter into a civil partnership this will make your Will invalid. However, converting a civil partnership into a marriage will not.
The other change in life event is Divorce; this will not render your Will invalid but it may change the provisions relating to your ex-spouse or civil partner. They will be treated as though they have died before you. No gifts or appointments to them will take effect.
We would recommend that if you have a Will that you read it every year. If you are in any doubt as to its contents and wishes, then make an appointment to see a solicitor who will explain it clearly. When you are reading the Will, check whether anything has changed, eg have you had more grandchildren? Are you still happy with the executors that you have originally chosen?
Our Wills and Probate Team are experts in this area and can guide you on all areas of Will Writing. We offer fixed fees at competitive rates.
If you wish to make an appointment give us a call on 0161 491 8520.