How to Write Codicil to a Will?

Codicil to a Will Form

The codicil to a will is written in order to amend a previously written will instead of writing a new one. The codicil to a will form can be used for this purpose also available to download at the end of this article.

Codicil gives you the leeway to alter a particular part of a well-written will, without having to create another. It is not in the same document. A codicil to a will is an independent document, which depicts the specified portion of the will you are changing, along with the provisions you are amending within it. The codicil should be attached to the original will at the time of prosecution. So, if your original will is under the court for protection, then your codicil should also be filed there in order to avert any future possible problems.

How to Write a Codicil to the last will?

The codicil to a will can be written by following our 5 step codicil writing guide explained below:

Step 1: Examine the original will, while at the same time, note the provision you are changing and specified changes you are making through the Codicil. Make sure to write down the section or position of the provision you’re changing, like for example, ‘Section-2, line-4’

Step 2: Then state down the change you’re making, that is the altered provision. Remember to refer it to the original’s position and explain the changes that you are making in it.

Step 3: You need to type it while using the exact headers that you had used for your original. Ensure to add in a sentence that could link the codicil to the original will. Include a sentence that references your original will by the exact date of the document. Insert your new provision. State all other provisions in the will are not being changed or modified and the document is not being revoked in its entirety by the codicil.

Step 4: Remember to get your codicil signed and dated, with your signature and with those of your witnesses- if required by law, and date the document, so that the court can know that it was written after the date of your will.

Step 5: Attach the codicil and your last will together, keep a copy as a record, and then file them at court.

Is a handwritten codicil legal?

It depends on the laws of the state an individual resides in and may pass on for an acceptable testament. Being a supplementary document, a codicil adds to the will by allowing the testator, the will-maker, to make reasonable alterations to their estate plans.

Do codicils have to be notarized?

A codicil to a will, despite being a supplementary document, has to be carried out in a similar manner to that of a will. This is not mandatory in all states, however having signatures from witnesses and your own self, notarized makes it easier for the process to get legalized.

Can a codicil be contested?

There are four reasons due to which a codicil may be contested or face a dispute, that is as follows:

  1. Codicil breaches the state laws or does not comply with the state laws
  2. No Testamentary capacity to sign a will by the testator
  3. The testator was tricked into signing the will or codicil
  4. The testator was unduly influenced to write a will or codicil

What is a codicil to last will and testament?

The codicil to a last will is a document that allows the testator to alter the original will, partially or completely, without having to make changes to the whole will. This can be done without any time particularities; the only condition is for the individual to be mentally stable at the time of alteration.

Do you need a lawyer for a codicil?

Writing a codicil to a will is similar to the notion of writing out a “post scriptum- P.S.” in your will. If the alteration is mediocre it might be a functional choice. You can decide to write it out yourself or find a lawyer to write the codicil, in your place.

Can I add a codicil to my will myself?

Being a legal form, that allows changes to an original documented will, a codicil, no matter how minute the alterations may be, requires signatures of witnesses, like the ones in the original will. However, the same witnesses are not required for the codicil, like the ones for the will.

Is a codicil legally enforceable?

All codicils are legally enforceable. They might be cheaper and easier to prepare than a normal will but they are just as binding. A letter of wishes, on the other hand, is a letter that merely states how you’d prefer getting your estate sorted.

Can you revoke or void a codicil?

An individual, who wants to annul their codicil, would have to simply create a new one. While annulling a will, individuals, generally create a fresh will, then and there. This requires a certain set of regulations and conditions; related to the creation, signature and mental stability of the will-maker, that has to be met.

Can I add a codicil to my will without a solicitor?

Witnesses are required; however, they can be different individuals from the ones in your will. A person with a spouse or partner, benefitting from the codicil, cannot be used as a witness, due to the added notion of self-interest.

Can you change the executor by codicil?

A codicil to a will allows the replacement of an executor on their death. The remaining details regarding the codicil stay intact.


Razia Saeed

Razia Saeed is the Founder and CEO of She is one of the renowned, highly experienced, and highly paid attorneys practicing in Hongkong, and Singapore. She also provided startup, business and legal consultations to US, Canadian and European firms and companies. She started in the aim of providing inexpensive legal services with top quality to the clients. She is also the head of our editorial department and his junior councils work as authors under her for creating and publishing content on various blogs.

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