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Amending your Will
What should you consider?
It is important to keep your Will updated to ensure it continues to reflect your circumstances. Any changes in your personal circumstances should trigger the review of your Will.
At Goughs Solicitors, we’re happy to look at your personal circumstances and assist you with amending your Will to ensure it’s still reflecting your wishes.
When should I amend my Will?
There are many trigger points in our lives which mean we should make or amend our Will.
These are the most common:
Buying your first home
A significant change in your financial situation, i.e inheriting money
Starting / running a business
It is highly advisable that you review your Will every five years to make sure it reflects your current circumstances and meets your wishes. Failure to keep your Will up to date could result in you dying without your most recent wishes being accurately reflected in your Will, and you also run the risk that your Will could be invalid.
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I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.
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The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.
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Sarah was very thorough and kept in touch with us all the way through the process. Very glad we went with Goughs and hopefully Sarah will be assisting my parents with their property regarding Land Registry
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Very happy with the service provided.
Nadine said at the beginning that she was proactive, easy to say, but she proved to be so. She dealt with all matters efficiently by e-mail and e-letter. I also had two face to face meetings and she took the time to explain things clearly which is important. Very happy with the service provided.
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about making a Will
Yes of course. Although in most circumstances we recommend having a new Will drawn up. A solicitor, whether it is the one who originally wrote your Will, or a new one, Will need to check all of the details and it won’t necessarily save you any money to simply amend a Will. Speak to your specialist Wills solicitor today for their advice on whether a new Will may suit your situation better.
There is no limit to the number of times you can amend your Will. However, having multiple Codicils can cause many complications further down the road, and add further expense fopr you.
We would therefore recommend you take advice on whether further amends or a new Will are your best option.
Your Will can not be amended after it has been signed and witnessed. The only way you can make a valid change to your Will is by either preparing a Codicil or preparing a new Will.
A Codicil enables you to make small changes to your existing Will without having to draft a new one from scratch. There is no limit to how many Codicils you can add to your Will.
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