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Does getting married effect an existing Will?

View profile for Lisa Carter
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In simple words, yes!

When you marry, any Will you have in place is automatically revoked (cancelled) unless it was made in contemplation of the marriage taking place.

If you do not then sign a new one, when you die the rules of intestacy will dictate how your assets will be divided. The actual distribution of assets depends on the makeup of your family and the whole of your estate will not automatically pass directly to your spouse. The rules of intestacy do not include partners or cohabitees and if you want to make gifts to friends or charities then you need to have a Will in place.

To take the stress out of putting a new Will in place after the big day (not something you want to be thinking about prior to heading off on honeymoon) we would recommend you seek advice at least 4-6 weeks prior so that you can put a Will in place that will remain valid after you say 'I do'. 

Our Private Client Team here at Gepp Solicitors can help you to put a Will in place, whether you are getting married or not, so why not email us at PrivateClientEnq@gepp.co.uk or call 01245 228125 to find out more. 

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.