Marriage and civil partnerships mark significant milestones in life. Amidst the joy and celebration, it’s important to consider the legal and practical aspects that come with such life events. One question that often arises is whether you need to update your will to align with your new marital status. Kerry Davey, a solicitor in JMP Solicitors’ wills and probate team, explains the importance of revisiting your will after marriage or civil partnership and the potential consequences of not doing so.
The Impact of Marriage and Civil Partnership on Your Will
When you get married or enter a civil partnership, your legal status changes from being single to being part of a legally formalised partnership. This necessitates a review of your existing legal documents, including your will. Your will outlines how you want your assets and possessions to be distributed after your passing, and your marital status can have a significant impact on these arrangements.
Automatic Changes to Your Will
Getting married or entering a civil partnership automatically revokes your existing will unless the will states that it was made in contemplation of marriage to a noted individual.
Protecting Your Loved Ones
Updating your will after marriage or civil partnership isn’t just about adhering to legal requirements—it’s about protecting your loved ones and ensuring your wishes are upheld. Without a revised will, your assets might not be distributed according to your new family dynamics. This could potentially lead to your spouse or civil partner receiving less than you intended, or other family members receiving more than you wanted.
Guardianship and Inheritance
If you have children from a previous relationship, your marriage or civil partnership can also impact guardianship and inheritance arrangements. Updating your will allows you to clearly specify who should take care of your children if you pass away. It also ensures that your children receive their intended share of your estate.
How can JMP Solicitors help?
JMP Solicitors can help you update your will if your situation has changed. You can contact Kerry and her team on 01476 565 295 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. With their extensive experience, you can trust that your legal requirements will be managed with a personal approach, giving you assurance as you enter this new phase of your life.