Deeds of Variation

Can an executor change a will?

Can an executor change a will is a question that comes up often during the probate process. A valid will sets out a person’s wishes as to how their estate should be distributed after their death and an executor cannot change a will.

However, there are some circumstances when beneficiaries may wish to change the arrangements and they are entitled to decide that certain assets, including money, may be redirected. In these cases, the beneficiaries may apply for a Deed of Variation.

What is a Deed of Variation?

A Deed of Variation is a legal document that allows the beneficiaries of an estate to change a will after the death of the person who made it, as if the variation had been made by the deceased.

A Deed of Variation has to be applied for within two years of the death of the person.

Common reasons for changing a will are to ensure fairness between beneficiaries or to consider Inheritance Tax implications.

If you are a beneficiary and would like to change a will, contact us for a free initial consultation.

If you appoint us to apply for a Deed of Variation on your behalf, a named member of our estate administration team will support your case from start to finish and a member of the team will always be available to speak to on a day-to-day basis.

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