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The unexpected effect of marriage and divorce on wills

Date:18 NOV 2019
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Once a Will has been put in place there is a tendency to feel that "it is done now" and so to then forget about it. We strongly recommend however that clients keep their Wills under regular review particularly if their personal and/or financial circumstances change (i.e. a new child or grandchild a windfall a sale/acquisition of an asset etc) or in any event at least every 3 to 5 years to ensure that their Wills still do what they want them to do - in light of their current circumstances and also in light of any relevant changes in the law.

Two particular occasions which can have a sometimes unexpected effect on Wills are marriage and divorce.

The effect of marriage on a Will

A Will can be revoked without the testator intending to do so if he or she marries or enters into a civil partnership after he or she has put in place a Will. This will leave the testator intestate unless or until the testator puts in place a new Will meaning...

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