7 Reasons to update your will

Is it time to update my Will?

Many of us don’t actually know the answer to this question. There are a number of events that could spark the right occasion to update or create a Will.  However, if any of the following events have happened to you, it is time to consider an update: 

   1. Marriage 

Most people aren’t aware that upon marriage, your Will actually revokes unless there is a “contemplation of marriage clause has been included”. If you don’t have a Will after marriage, it is a good idea to make one to include your spouse and any step-children. 

  2. Separation or Divorce 

Divorce will automatically cancel the bequest made to your ex-spouse under your will. However, what you may not realise is that if you separate from a de-facto relationship, unless you make or update your Will to say otherwise, your ex-partner will still be entitled to benefit from your estate. 

   3. Children 

Upon the birth of a child, you may want to name your children in your Will.  Your will should also be amended to appoint a guardian to care for your children in the event that you are unable to. 

  4. Grandchildren 

As your family grows and changes, there may be new family members that you wish to make specific provision for in your will.   

  5. Change of Heart 

Family circumstances can change.  You may have a change of heart about who would be the most appropriate Executor, or who should benefit from your estate.  You may wish to consider updating your Will to include a provision for a charity.   

  6. Person Named in the Will has Died 

Whether it be your Executor or a beneficiary, it is important that you update your Will to ensure that a role initially allocated to a person who is now deceased is replaced appropriately. 

  7. Your Assets have Changed Significantly  

It is common for people’s financial circumstances to change over time.  You may want to include someone new into your Will or make some alternate arrangements to suit your financial situation. The value of any bequest will change over time.  You may wish to change a bequest or share it among more beneficiaries.   

Is it time to update your Will? For more information or should you have any queries, please contact your legal adviser. 

The Money Edge | Bundaberg

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