I have married since I made a will. Does this make any difference ?

  • the general rule is that marriage cancels a will so you now have no will - if you died without making a new will, the rules of intestacy would apply to you.
  • The exception to the rule is if the will is made 'in contemplation of marriage'. It is best if these words are stated on the will but the terms of the will or surrounding circumstances may show that marriage was being considered in making the will.
  • Divorce does not invalidate a will but such ex-spouse is dealt with as if they had died before you. If you want to provide for an ex-spouse the will would have to be very specific. I suggest words like 'This clause is intended to apply even though I have divorced ...'
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