Life is very often about change, and when your circumstances change your will should change alongside them.

Your will is a formal document that you sign and the signature is witnessed by two people that explains what happens to your property when you die, and once it has been signed and moved in to secure will storage that particular document cannot be altered.

However, your will is not eternal, and there are two ways to change it as well as a way to void it entirely. One is to write a new will and the other is to draft an official amendment document called a codicil.

A codicil is drafted and formed much like a will, and there are no limits as to what it can change, so long as it is signed and witnessed in the same way a regular will is.

It can be used, much like other official amendments, to remove, explain, modify and expand on sections of a will, such as adding children or grandchildren, updating arrangement wishes for your funeral or if your named executor has died.

However, whilst there are no limits to how many codicils can be added to a document, it should only be used for small alterations and should be stored with the original will. If it is missed then it can cause complexities in executing your will.

If you have major life changes, such as selling a major asset such as a house, having a child or a change in marital status, it is better to write a new will with a statement that all previous wills and codicils have been revoked.

Marriage cancels any will you have made before, so once you get married you must make another will for it to be legally valid, as marriage voids all previous wills.

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