A codicil has to meet the formal requirements. To be legally valid the codicil document must be signed and executed in front of witnesses in the same way as for a will. Once completed the codicil is kept with that will.
It is recommended that the codicil can only be used when the change is minor and straightforward. A written record can help protect the parties to a will if any questions or legal issues arise regarding the amendments to the will.
Use this Codicil to a Will if:
- You would like to confirm some of the contents of an earlier will;
- You would like to alter or add additional clauses to the will;
- You want to follow all the proper processes to make legal amendments to the will; and
- You would like to have a record of the amendments of a will in the event of any legal action.
What does the Codicil to a Will cover?
- Confirm the contexts of an earlier will;
- Documents new updates to the will; and
- Informs the parties to the will of any new clauses.
Other names for Codicil to a Will include:
- Codicil Form;
- Will Codicil;
- Codicil; and
- Changes to a Will.
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