Amending Your
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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:

  1. Buying your first home

  2. Moving home

  3. Marriage

  4. Divorce

  5. Re-marriage

  6. Children

  7. A significant change in your financial situation, i.e inheriting money

  8. 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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Your Wills team

Catherine Cole

Private Client Practitioner

Following a career in hospitality, Catherine began working in private client law in 2002. She joined Goughs in 2017 and within 2 years she was promoted to an Associate

Maxine Coles

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Maxine specialises in Private Client work, with much of her work being in elderly client care. She has a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

Samantha Cory

Solicitor

Samantha joined Goughs as a Solicitor in 2020. Samantha has been practicing in Private Client law since 2018, and loves the personal interaction with clients and being able to help them with difficult personal and emotional circumstances.

Annie James

Solicitor

Annie qualified as a Private Client solicitor in 2016 and joined Goughs in February 2020. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparation and administration of Trusts, and the administration of Estates. Annie prides herself on taking the time to really understand the needs and priorities of her clients.

Rochelle Graham

Solicitor

Rochelle qualified as a Private Client solicitor in September 2019 after gaining valuable experience in the Private Client team. She is now a year qualified and continues to develop and further her knowledge of Private client work.

Luchia Hirst

Associate Solicitor

Luchia has been practicing Private Client law for close to 8 years, and really enjoys the client contact and hands-on nature of this area of practice.

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

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As a Private Client lawyer, Trish always had a strong empathy for the elderly and vulnerable and prides herself in being able to engage with them and support them through what can be very difficult times.

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Popular questions
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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