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Question: I was married with two children, but got divorced some years ago.  At the time I changed my will to benefit the children.  I am now engaged to be married later this year.   I still intend for my estate to be left to my children but have been advised that I will need to make a new will when I get married.  Is this true, or will the old will still stand?

Answer:  When a person marries, any will they already have is automatically revoked unless it was made in contemplation of that marriage to that specific person.  If it was not made in contemplation of the marriage, it will no longer be valid and the laws of intestacy would apply to the estate in the event of your death.  So, yes, you need to pop in to see us so we can draft a new will for you.

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