Will Alterations


You can make minor alterations to your Will without the necessity of drafting a new Will by using a document called a codicil. A codicil confirms a previous Will document but makes a few changes. If a small number of changes are required it is a simpler alternative to re-writing the entire Will. By using a codicil any of the details in a Will can be changed. Gifts can be revoked and new gifts can be added.

A few things to note about codicils:
A codicil refers to a previous Will document. It details some changes to the Will but confirms the things that it does not change. If extensive changes are required to a Will do not use a codicil, make a new Will. The codicil identifies the Will it amends by referring to the date on which the original Will was written. A codicil must be signed in the same manner as the original Will with the same number of witnesses - two in England and Wales, typically one in Scotland. A codicil should be kept with but not attached to the original Will it changes. This ensures the codicil is not overlooked.

You should update your Will in each of the following circumstances:
Marriage Divorce Separation Death of a person named in your Will As your assets change (in particular if you have made specific legacies) Change in family circumstances It is a good idea to update your will every couple of years just to ensure it is still relevant.