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How often should I review my Will?

As with all of our lives, circumstances and family situations can change over time. Forgetting to update your Will can increase the costs of settling your estate, and your wishes might not be carried out as you had hoped. Staggeringly, research shows that 62% of people haven’t reviewed their Will in over a year, and 29% have left it for more than 5 years.*

A Will isn’t a tablet of stone, and regular reviews are crucial to ensure your family is protected and your wishes are carried out as you intended. 

In addition, an up-to-date Will can help prevent disputes among family members and provide peace of mind for the testator (the person making the Will), knowing that their affairs are in order.

Examples of changes which may affect your estate plan are listed below:

• Moved, purchased, or sold a property

• Married/divorced

• Souse/partner has passed away

• Significant change in estate value 

• Beneficiary/executor is no longer suitable

• Your partner/spouse is now receiving care

• You have had additional children/grandchildren

Even if you don’t feel any significant changes have occurred, there is no harm in getting a specialist’s second opinion on any existing documents. After all, a review can help keep you up to date with recent changes in the law that may affect you and your family.

Next Steps

Whether you’ve never made a Will before, are an existing client of April King, or even have Wills with another firm, our free initial review appointments can give you a complete estate planning review to ensure everything is in order.

To find out more or to arrange an appointment, please call us on 0800 788 0500. Alternatively, you can get in touch here.

 *Wills research commissioned by Royal London, Opinium surveyed 2,000 UK adults in September 2021.