Marriage and Wills
Keeping your Will up to date is what we are commonly told we should do. This is undeniably true especially if you have married or are intending to marry.
Many people are unaware that if you marry after making a Will, your marriage will automatically revoke your earlier Will. This means that if you do not make a new Will after you marry and you subsequently die, under the law your estate will not pass in accordance with your Will. If this situation arises your wishes may not be followed. Family members and friends may be faced with disappointment and confusion at a time when they are grieving.
On the other hand, many people have not made a Will. They get married and forget to make a Will or simply do not have the time to make a Will. If you die without a Will your entire estate usually automatically passes to your spouse. This can result in many problems most notably when people have children from previous relationships.
It is therefore vitally important that if you have recently got married or engaged, you make a Will or update your existing one to ensure that your wishes are adhered to.
Many people today choose not to marry or marry later. If you are cohabiting with someone the need to make a Will is also important. This is because a cohabitee has fewer rights under the law than a spouse.
Admittedly, making a Will is the last thing on your pre/post wedding list. However you should consider your Will at this time. Having a Will is the best way to ensure that your loved ones are protected and your wishes are followed.
Contact us today to review your Will or to make a Will. We offer free half hour Will review meetings to check if any updates are needed. If you decide to make a Will or update an existing Will, we work to fixed fees and aim to make the process as easy as possible.
Now… happy wedding planning!