This may come as a surprising fact to many of our readers, but a will can be changed after death. This can be done by using what is known as a Deed of Variation. Any changes to the will must be done within two years from the date of death. However, beneficiaries who would be left worse off by the change must give their agreement before any changes can be made.
This is most often done to:
As mentioned, a Deed of Variation can only be executed with the agreement of all the beneficiaries and executors. It is more complicated if children are involved as they cannot themselves consent to changes.
For some, this might be a timely reminder not just of the importance of having a will but also of ensuring it is updated as circumstances change over time.