When reviewing your will and determining whether it should be updated based on a change in life circumstances, the Law offices of Michael W. Alpert can certainly assist in this regard. Clearly, upon a change in marital status, birth of a child, or the loss of a close family member/beneficiary, it should lead one to review the text of the will to see if the terms require amendment. If that is the case, the Law Offices of Michael W. Alpert can counsel you and determine whether it is more feasible to either add a codicil to the original Will, or to revoke the current will and draft an entirely new will. If you execute a codicil to the will, it must meet the same formalities and criteria that one uses when executing the last will and testament. Often the validity of a codicil can be brought into question if not drafted properly. In either event, you need the advice of an experienced Long Island estate attorney who will review your will and other relevant estate documents to determine which path is the correct one for you and your family.