This usually means the gift falls back into the estate residue for the benefit of the residuary beneficiaries.
If you wish to make several changes, big or small, it is advisable to make a new Will.
The table below gives recommendations on whether to use a codicil or a new Will to make your required changes.
If you have a child after writing your Will, they will not automatically become a beneficiary even if you have named your other children as beneficiaries.
Therefore, in order to ensure that your wishes are carried out, you should update your Will as soon as possible after the birth of a child.
The new Will should begin with a clause stating that it revokes all previous Wills and codicils.
It is also vitally important that all copies of the previous Wills and codicils are destroyed, to avoid any confusion after your death. When writing a new Will, what you need to do depends on how long ago you wrote your previous Will.
In addition, if in your Will you had appointed your spouse as an executor or trustee, after divorce they would be barred from acting as an executor or trustee after your death.
(This law does not apply in Scotland.) For these reasons, it is always best to make a new Will as soon as possible after your divorce.
If you get divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved, your Will does not become invalid, but many of its provisions would no longer be effective if you pass away before making a new Will.
For example, any gift that you had bequeathed in your Will to your former spouse or civil partner would take effect as if they had died on the date your divorce was completed.
These events may have an impact both on your wishes for the distribution of your estate and on the validity of your current Will.