Situations That Will Require You to Update Your Last Will

It's always a great idea to write a last will as soon as you reach a certain age. You might want to write one as soon as you can. Maybe, you’ll want to write it when something big happens that changes your life. A considerable amount of things can change in a short amount of time. You need to make sure that your last will is updated and correct. After all, you never know when something may happen. Here are some huge changes that require an update of your last will:

Family Changes

Whether you just got remarried or had a baby, you will want to add your new family members into your last will. It's crucial that they get a part of your assets, too. This is also important for same-sex couples and adopted children. The second someone new comes into your life, you will want to make sure to change and update your last will. For any minor children, you will want to name guardians in the case that you pass away. Maybe you don't want the person you listed to be a guardian in your last will to be their guardian anymore. You definitely need to figure that out so that your children will go to the right person. You also might have put someone down as a beneficiary but since decided that you don't want to share it with them anymore. [1] This is why it is a great idea to keep your will updated. In the case of an accident, you don't want your money going to an ex or someone you might not speak to anymore.

Asset Changes

If there are any huge changes to your estate or its value, you will surely want to tweak your will. It is wise that you include these things into the next update of your will. Whether you started a business, sold an asset, changed your insurance policy, or began to get a pension.

Location Changes

If you just made a major move, you might want to reevaluate your will. See if it still checks out with the laws of your new location. State laws will vary when it comes to wills. You should not assume that your last edition still is in accordance with your last location's requirements or laws.

Law Changes

Taxes are always changing. If there are major changes that affect you, you'll want to make sure that you are updating your will to reflect changes. This way, the law will still apply to your will. Forgetting to update your will can mean that the law change will affect you. In the case of an unexpected death, this could be bad.

Regular Changes

If your will has been written for a while, you probably haven't looked at it in quite some time. It's a good idea to give your will a look-through every now and then. Make sure that the information is still valid to you. Also, make sure the names you list for inheritance are still the people you want to give the shares to. You want to be sure to update names, prices, and anything that you need to.


If you don’t have the money or time to hire a lawyer, Free Will Kit can help you write a conclusive and legal one on your own. We have a template of all types of wills for each state which can ensure that all of your possessions and body is taken care of exactly how you plan it. Get in touch with us today and see what we can do for you.



1. Quinn, Jane Bryant. “Debt After Death: What Will Your Heirs Owe?” AARP, 1 Sept. 2018,

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