A Codicil is a testamentary document similar to a Will which amends a previously executed one. It supplements a Will either adding to, amending or revoking part of it. There is a small fee for a Codicil which saves costs in redrafting a new Will, if this is not necessary.
A Codicil is a good way to make changes if there are minor alterations that you wish to make. A Will is read in conjunction with any Codicil and can make a small change e.g. appointing new Executors or changing a gift.
If there are quite a few changes that need to be made to a Will, then it may be advisable to make a new one altogether to avoid the risk of inconsistencies between the Will and the Codicil. If a Testator does not want anybody to see their amendments (for example, because they have removed a beneficiary), they should make a new Will, because if they make a Codicil both the original Will and the Codicil are available to the public after probate.
A Codicil is executed in the same way as a Will; it must be signed and witnessed in order for it to be valid.
It is advisable to review your Will at least every 2 years or when there are significant changes to your life, as this can help to ensure that if any circumstances have changed then this is properly portrayed.
We would not advise that you attempt to create a ‘home-made Codicil’ as you could in fact end up revoking the entire Will.
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