When to Review my Estate Plan?

Updated: Nov 21

Now, you had your Estate Plan written and stored. The next question you might have is, when should I review it?

Changes in your Life
Changes to Anyone Mentioned in your Will

It is important to regularly review your Estate Plan to make sure that it reflects important changes in your life. No, you don't have to make changes to your Estate Plan every time you get a Hermès bag, but in general we do recommend for you to review your Estate Plan every 5 years and also when circumstances changes.

When you review your Estate Plan, it does not always imply that you need to update your Will – reviewing your Estate Plan simply means you should do a quick check if there has been a significant change that should be reflected in your Will. It is about keeping your Will updated.

Changes in your Life

These are some examples of the key changes in your life where you should consider making amendments to your Will:

  • Change in marital status

  • Birth of a child or grandchild

  • Significant change in the value of your assets or your financial situation

  • If you sell property or buy a new property (or assets of significant value, i.e. maybe that yacht in Nice?)

  • If you legally change your name; or even

  • Other changes in life stage and circumstances e.g. retiring, your child is no longer a minor.

Changes to Anyone Mentioned in your Will

Additionally, these are some other changes or events that should trigger you to review adjustments to your Will:

  • When a beneficiary passes away

  • If a named executor or trustee is unable to carry out their duties

  • If anyone mentioned in the Will legally changes their name; or even

  • Death of your child's appointed guardian

Writing your Will is the very first step, and it’s an important one. But that’s not enough. In the digital age, the next step is to store your Will online. Otherwise, what happens if your person of confidence is not able to find your Will in a timely manner? liteWill is the only Will registration platform that is available globally and that provides the option to store your Will online. ‘A Will that is not online is like a Will that does not exist’.

This portion of the website is for information only. The statements and opinions are the expression of their author, not of liteWill, and have not been evaluated for accuracy, completeness or changes in the law. Information contained in this article is not a substitute for tax or legal advice.

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