Thomas Preston
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Thomas Preston

How do I change an existing Will to leave a charitable gift?

Thomas Preston
Posted by
Thomas Preston
07 Jun 2011

If you would like to leave a gift to charity but have already made a Will, this is not a problem, there are a couple of simple ways you can change it. We would recommend the use of a solicitor, even if the changes appear quite straightforward.

A new Will

In many cases, the most effective way is to start again and write a new one. Once a new Will is written, it makes any Wills made by that person in the past void.

In fact, most Wills will start by stating that you're making a will and that you're revoking previous Wills.

Having seen the problems caused by badly drafted or unclear wills, we strongly recommend that you take professional advice and see a solicitor when drawing up or amending a Will.

Codicils 

A codicil is a document that is used to change a Will that has already been made.

It's an easy way to make simple additions or amendments to an existing Will, such as adding a legacy or changing the amount of a gift of money. 

If you choose to use a codicil be careful that, if you do subsequently make a new Will, it clearly states that you are revoking all Wills and codicils previously made.

It makes sense to go back to the solicitor who drafted your original Will and ask them to draw up a codicil for you.

We hope that these pages give you all the key information that you might need. However, if you’ve got any questions at all, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.