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Fillable Form Codicil

A codicil is a written supplement to a person's will, which must be dated, signed and witnessed under the same legal rules applicable to the making of the original will, and must make some reference to the will it amends.


What is a Codicil?

A Codicil is a testamentary document used to make amendments or modifications to a Last Will and Testament. It serves as an addendum, allowing changes to a previously executed will by addition, substitution, and deletion of certain provisions. While a codicil is similar to a will, it does not replace the original document.

A codicil is useful when an individual does not want to revoke a will completely, as it reduces the amount of work required to change a legal document. It can change a single provision in the will or several conditions depending on the need. Executing a codicil is common when the testator has decided to amend specific terms or if a beneficiary had died. Only the testator or creator of the will has the authority to make changes to his or her last will and testament. Even if a person was granted power of attorney, that person still does not have the authority to make changes to the testator’s will.

Executions of codicil should be in accordance with relevant state laws, as with a will. In most states, it must be signed and dated by the testator to make the changes valid. A notary and witnesses may be required to certify any change. Codicil laws and requirements vary by state, seeking legal advice or hiring legal counsel is important.

Some common reasons testators change their last wills using a codicil include adding and removing beneficiaries, rejection of a previous executor of the will to continue serving the role, and changes in the financial circumstances and assets of the testator. The codicil gives the testator the option to add new provisions, such as adding a new beneficiary or asset; change an existing provision, such as replacing beneficiaries; and deleting portions of or entire provisions.

How to Write a Codicil?

Amending a will using a codicil is a common practice. While a last will and testament tends to be lengthy as it details provisions thoroughly, a codicil tends to be shorter as it only needs specific details regarding the needed changes.

A codicil should be straightforward and without unnecessary details. Using PDFRun’s Codicil Template, you can write one in minutes. Follow the guide below to fill out the codicil template accurately.

Start the document by providing your name, address, and purpose of the codicil.

Declaration is where you will indicate the changes that you want to execute to your last will and testament.

Terms states that all other provisions previously specified in your last will and testament shall remain in effect unless discussed in the Declaration.

Sign the document, provide your full legal name and the date the codicil was executed.

Witnesses also need to sign the document, provide their full legal names and the date the codicil was executed.

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