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Amending a will - before and after death

Most people are aware a will is quite a formal document and has to comply with certain requirements (with rare exceptions such as for active servicemen) to be valid.

A pre-death variation of a will can be made using a codicil, which is a formal document used to vary the will without altering the original text, but often it is just as easy to review the whole thing and make a new will.

A post-death variation of a will is a useful way of giving effect to the deceased wishes, avoid unnecessary inheritance tax or simply to divide the estate in a more convenient way. A post-death variation is effected by a ‘deed of variation’ and it is advisable to consult a solicitor.

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