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Marriage invalidates wills second time around

As most of you will be aware, we are currently at the height of the marriage season with June being the most popular month for marriages. Throughout the UK, people are gathering in front of friends and family to make a public commitment for a lifetime together.

As is sometimes the case, though marriages do not always work out, and some people will be hoping for more luck in love next time around, hence the reason for some marriages where at least one of those involved has been married before.

In a society more complex than ever before coupled with a rise in older people getting married following divorce, Wills need to be looked at when there is a change in one’s marriage circumstances as this will render any previous Will null and void. Simply put, too few people are aware that marriage will automatically revoke any previous Will.

Considering the strong possibility that many people re-entering marriage have existing family the issue of amending their Will desperately needs to be highlighted, yet too little is said about it.

Based on the most up to date figures only 40 per cent of people have a Will with this figure rising to only 60 per cent for those aged 55 and over.  It is a vital document giving clarity around what is to be done with your estate when you are no longer around, and it can ensure that there is little room for legal battles that can have such a damaging effect on families and other loved ones.

It is important not only that you make a Will but continue to review any existing Will to ensure that it is still relevant for your current circumstances.

It is also worth highlighting that law firms like Keelys are insured so there is recourse if there’s a problem. By choosing a solicitor to make or update your Will, you are in safe hands and can also take advantage of the best legal advice in related areas, such as care issues or inheritance tax planning.

Anybody who wants to know more about making or updating a will should contact us at Keelys, where we can give you the advice you need to make sure you have peace of mind. Please call us today on 01543 420000, whilst the issue is fresh in your mind.

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