Situations That Mean It's Time to Revise Your Last Will and Testament

Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives that we forget where our assets will go after we’re gone. You shouldn’t wait until the last minute to draw up your last will and testament.

This document will affect the status of your assets, life savings, and even your family, so it’s quite important that you put a lot of time and effort into updating your will as often as possible.

Whether you’ve already written one or have recently been through a major life change, you shouldn’t forget to revise your last will and testament

Some situations that will require you to revise your last will and testament:

 

Marriage

When you commit to legally binding yourself to another person, make sure to revise your assets and property. Your ideas of who you want your things to end up with might have changed if you recently got married. For instance, if you want to ensure that certain assets will go to your new spouse. You’ll need to update your last will and testament to reflect that.

 

Divorce

You’ll need to do the same if and when you file for divorce. If you no longer want to include your former spouse in your will, you’ll definitely need to revise it. That’s the only way you can make sure that your assets and other belongings will go to whoever you really want them to. Begin the process of updating your will soon after you and your spouse call it quits. You won’t have to worry about it anymore after your divorce.

 

Beneficiaries

Gaining an additional beneficiary is a huge life event that you’ll want to consider when drawing up your will. For instance, good reasons for revising your will include adopting a child and gaining a stepchild through marriage. When your children begin having children of their own, you may want to add your grandchildren to your will.

Changes in your relationships with certain beneficiaries or death may also make you want to revise your will. This may also apply to any beneficiaries that might have had a change in their own family situation. If the said change affects your assets and belongings in any way, considering the relationship between you and the beneficiaries in question, you need to make a decision regarding any revisions ASAP. This is important if you want to be sure your assets don’t end up with unworthy beneficiaries.

 

Financial changes

Sudden changes in your financial circumstances will also have an impact on your will. Whether you’ve gained assets, lost them, or came into some belongings important to you. You can specify what you want to be done with them after your death. Any major financial changes in your life should be recorded. Especially if they’ll affect any conditions you previously set in your will.

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