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Post-execution Considerations - Changing Your Mind Again

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Other occasions include the birth of a child and if you inherit or win large sums of money.

By far the best way of dealing with revocation of a will is by making a fresh one. You can make as many wills as you wish during your lifetime but it is essential that it is possible clearly to identify which is the last one.

Most solicitors will retain photocopies of your earlier wills with your current one for evidential purposes. If, for example, the last will is challenged, copies of the earlier ones may show a clear pattern of testamentary gifts. This may go a long way to refuting allegations of undue influence or lack of testamentary capacity.

When making your own will it is important that the last will is easily identifiable. It is probably better to destroy all previous wills to avoid any confusion. If you are worried about any possibility of a challenge you could make copies of earlier wills and write `revoked' across the top.


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Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:

 

  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.
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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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