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Liverpool City Centre Solicitors For Updating A Will

Updating a will to reflect a person’s current circumstances is naturally important and needs to be done formally, rather than by simply altering the wording of an existing signed and witnessed will, which would invalidate it. There are two methods of doing so - either by drafting a codicil, a legal document that makes alterations and serves as a supplement to an existing will, or by writing an entirely new will to replace the old one.

  • Reasons For Updating A Will
  • Changing A Will Using A Codicil
  • Reasons For Drafting A New Will
Changes to a will reflect changes to a person’s life, such as a marriage/civil partnership, divorce/separation, the birth of a child (who does not automatically become a beneficiary) or a change in financial circumstances, for example, when an individual sells a property or receives an inheritance. It may also be the case that a beneficiary to an existing will has died, or that the testator simply wishes to change how their estate is distributed following their death.

Major events can also affect the validity of an existing will. A marriage or entry into a civil partnership, for example, means that a previous will is automatically invalidated, while if a person divorces or dissolves a civil partnership and the former spouse or civil partner is the sole beneficiary, the deceased will be held to have died intestate (without a valid will). Various other complexities regarding the rights of former partners highlight the need to update a will as soon as possible following a separation.
Generally speaking, simple changes to a will, such as appointing a new executor to redirecting a bequest to a different beneficiary, can be made via a codicil, while more significant changes, such as those outlined above, will require the writing of a new will to replace the old one. Codicils are the cheaper alternative but can add to the complexity of administering an estate in the future (particularly if there is more than one codicil), as all the documents will need to be evaluated together, which may result in the deceased’s wishes being misinterpreted.
Drafting a new will can avoid any confusion as to the intentions of the deceased, as well as the possibility of a codicil being lost for whatever reason. When a new will is written, all copies of old wills and codicils should be destroyed, and the new will should clearly state that it revokes (cancels) any such previous documents. If an estate requires a Grant of Probate, both a will and any alterations made by a codicil will be publicly visible, and a further reason for writing a new will is to prevent disclosure of such changes.

Louise Nelson has been handling wills, trusts and probate matters in Liverpool and Merseyside for 39 years, and is assisted by Fran Cartwright, an accomplished solicitor specialising in this area of law. Get in touch with our team for a no obligation quotation.

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Our firm has years of experience in wills, trusts and probate matters in the city of Liverpool and across Merseyside.

We offer a no obligation quotation, a premium service at competitive fixed fees and home visits.

Our service is different from 'online' companies and most local firms. Your case will be handled from start to finish by Louise Nelson, a solicitor with 39 years experience in these matters. Louise is assisted by Fran Cartwright, a talented solicitor specialising in this area of law. Included in the fixed fee is a face-to-face meeting at our Liverpool City Centre offices.

Customer service is very important to us. John Bartlett has been managing the firm for over 40 years and takes customer satisfaction very seriously.

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Solicitors Specialising In Wills, Trusts & Probate
Louise Nelson is a solicitor with 39 years experience in wills, trusts & probate matters. Louise and her team will be happy to offer you a no obligation quotation.
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Fran Cartwright is Louise Nelson's assisting solicitor in the wills, trusts & probate department at Bartletts Solicitors.

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