On this page, you can access a free codicil form, which you can download, edit and adapt according to your specific needs. This is perfect if you’re wondering “Can I add a codicil to my will myself?“
In addition to providing information on what makes a codicil invalid, we also clarify queries like “Does a codicil have to be notarized?” and “Is a codicil legally binding?”. We also let you know how much does a Codicil cost.
CODICIL TO LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF [YOUR FULL NAME]I, [YOUR FULL NAME], of [YOUR ADDRESS], declare that this Codicil amends and supplements my Last Will and Testament dated [DATE OF ORIGINAL WILL]. All other terms and conditions of my Last Will and Testament not specifically changed by this Codicil shall remain in full force and effect.
IDENTIFICATION OF TESTATORI, [YOUR FULL NAME], a resident of the county of [YOUR COUNTY], in the state of [YOUR STATE], declare this to be a codicil to my existing Last Will and Testament. My original Last Will and Testament was executed on the [DATE OF ORIGINAL WILL].
REVOCATION OF PRIOR CODICILSAny and all prior codicils to my Last Will and Testament, whether specifically identified or not, are to be completely revoked, null and void and of no effect. This Codicil replaces any and all codicils previously made by me.
AMENDMENT TO BEQUESTSI hereby modify, amend, or supplement my Last Will and Testament as follows: [SPECIFY THE CHANGES YOU ARE MAKING TO YOUR BEQUESTS]
APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTORI reaffirm the appointment of [ORIGINAL EXECUTOR NAME] as executor of my estate. Should [ORIGINAL EXECUTOR NAME] predecease me or choose not to serve as executor, I appoint [ALTERNATE EXECUTOR NAME] as the successor executor of my estate.
VALIDITY OF OTHER PROVISIONSAll other provisions of my Last Will and Testament, including all other bequests and appointments, which are not expressly amended by this Codicil, shall remain in full force and effect.
SIGNATURESI, [YOUR FULL NAME], sign my name to this Codicil on this [DATE], at [LOCATION], in the presence of the following witnesses, who are signing this Codicil at my request and in my presence. ______________________________
[YOUR FULL NAME]
WITNESS SIGNATURESIn our presence, [YOUR FULL NAME] has declared this document to be a Codicil to his/her Last Will and Testament and has signed it in our presence. We now, at his/her request, in his/her presence, and in the presence of each other, sign this Codicil as witnesses. Witness 1: __________________________
[WITNESS 1 FULL NAME] Witness 2: __________________________
[WITNESS 2 FULL NAME]
This Codicil was executed in accordance with applicable law, and under penalty of perjury, we affirm that we are not named as a beneficiary in the Last Will and Testament. We are at least eighteen years old, and we are competent to witness a Will.
Other Useful ContractsA codicil could potentially be helpful if you’re looking to make minor amendments to your will without having to completely write a new one. However, if your changes are significant or complex, it might be more appropriate to create a complete Last Will and Testament. This comprehensive document allows you to specify your wishes in detail, including who will inherit your property, who will serve as guardian for your children, and who will execute your will.
Sometimes it may not be enough to just have a will or a codicil, especially in regards to handling of assets and properties after death. This is where estate planning documents such as the Revocable Living Trust come in handy. A revocable living trust allows you to manage your assets during your lifetime and distribute the remaining assets after your death, without the need for probate.
If you’re concerned about who will make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated, then the Power of Attorney or the Healthcare Power of Attorney can be incredibly beneficial. The Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to manage your financial affairs, while the Healthcare Power of Attorney designates a person to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so yourself.
Remember that it’s important to regularly review and update these documents as your circumstances change over time. Each of these documents serves an important role in ensuring that your affairs are managed according to your wishes.