* If you wish to remove a living beneficiary from your Will, it is advisable to consult a solicitor to ensure that this is done correctly, as this action is one of the major causes of legal disputes.
A codicil is a supplement to an existing Will that makes some alterations but leaves the rest of the Will intact.
If you wish to make several changes, big or small, it is advisable to make a new Will.
The table below gives recommendations on whether to use a codicil or a new Will to make your required changes.
In addition, if in your Will you had appointed your spouse as an executor or trustee, after divorce they would be barred from acting as an executor or trustee after your death.
(This law does not apply in Scotland.) For these reasons, it is always best to make a new Will as soon as possible after your divorce.
Such alterations are assumed to have been made after the Will was executed and so they do not form part of the original legally valid Will.Do not attach the codicil(s) to the Will, as attaching anything to your Will document would invalidate it.It is advisable to let your executor(s) know that you have made a codicil, and tell them where it is stored.It is a legal document that is as legally binding as the original Will.A codicil must be on a separate sheet of paper to the Will and be signed, dated and witnessed in the same way as the original Will.
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The only exception to this is if your Will states that a marriage is about to take place and contains explicit instructions that you intend for the Will to remain valid after marriage.