How to Change a Will

A last will and testament simply reflects your wishes which can easily be affected by the events of your life. Therefore, to stay relevant, your will must be regularly reviewed and updated when there has been any change of circumstances, examples include: marriage, divorce or any addition of children to your family.

To remain legally valid, any changes to your will must not be done by amending the original will after it has been signed and witnessed. Any alterations to the original will are assumed to have been made at a later date and do not form part of the original legally valid will. The only way you can legally change a last will and testament is by:

a. Making a codicil (which is a supplement to the will)
b. Making a new will 

Changing a Will with a Codicil
A codicil is a supplement to a will which makes some
alterations but leaves the rest of the will the same. This may be required when for example you want to change an executor or guardian or add or remove a beneficiary.

A Codicil must be signed by the person who originally made the will and be witnessed. The witnesses do not have to be the same as for the original will. There is no limit on how many codicils can be added to a will. But they are only suitable for very simple and straight forward changes. If any complicated change is involved , it is most advisable to make a new will. 

Making a New Will
If you need to make major changes to a will, it is best to make a new will. The new will should always make reference to revocation of all previous wills and codicils.

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