Codicil

An addition or amendment to a will.

It is important that a will, once made, is reviewed from time to time, as many things can change from the time someone makes their will until the time they die.

Changes such as marriage, separation or divorce, or becoming a parent  may effect the contents of a will.

Changes can be made by making an amendment or an addition or a supplement to the will and these are known as 'codicils'.

A codicil must be signed and witnessed in the same way as the original will, but it does not need to be the same witnesses. A witness should not be used if they or their husband/wife or civil partner benefits from a gift in the codicil –any gift to them in the codicil will become invalid. The codicil should be kept with the original will, loss of the codicil may cause questions regarding the original will.

The alternative to making an amendment or addition by codicil is to make a new will, this may be preferable if there are a lot of changes to be made to the will.

 

 

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