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Jessica Pointing

Solicitor - East Sussex (Uckfield)

2nd February 2024

When should I update my will?

With all that goes on in life, it can be hard to find the time to update your Will. However, it’s very important to keep on top of. But when is the right time to review and update your Will?

You should review your Will when there is a significant change in your life such as marriage, having children, separation or divorce, changes in your financial circumstances, acquiring assets outside the UK, you move or a person (executor or beneficiary) named in your Will passes away.

Why do I need to update my will?

It is important your Will is up to date and we recommend reviewing it every three years or when personal circumstances change.  Keeping your Will current relieves the stress on loved ones, minimises potential disputes and ensures your wishes are carried out when you have passed away.

What happens if I do not update my will?

If you do not update your Will it can lead to disputes between relatives and dealing with disputes after you have passed away can be stressful and costly for those left behind.  If you do not notify us of changes of names or address of those appointed in your Will it can be time consuming and costly to try and track down beneficiaries.

What if I do not have a will?

If you die without having a Will in place you pass away intestate.  The intestacy rules set out the way in which your assets will be divided according to the law. Have a read of our blog ‘What is a Will and why make one?’ for more information on how to create a Will.

How to I put a will in place?

It is important to ensure that your Will is prepared properly as, if you do not do so, this can cause problems to occur. Contact us as we offer bespoke advice pertaining to your individual personal circumstances, everyone is different.

Contact us

If you need help updating your will, please contact Jessica Pointing, a Solicitor with our Private Client team, via e. jessicapointing@rixandkay.co.uk or t. 01825 745 361.