What is a codicil?
A codicil is a formal document used to change an original will (legal declaration managing one’s estate after their death). It supplements and ‘republishes’ the will to which it refers, which means that the will is treated as if it were executed on the day the codicil’s execution.
What can a codicil amend?
The amendments implemented by a codicil can be smaller matters such as changing the executors (the administrators of the estate) or more significant ones such as changing the gifts under the will. For major changes to the will it is advisable to revoke the will and execute a new one.
What is the form of a codicil?
A codicil needs to comply with the same legal requirements as the will. These are as follows:
- It must be in writing;
- It must be signed by the person making the will (the testator); and
- It must be witnessed and signed by at least two witnesses present at the same time.
It should ideally be executed at a solicitor’s office where the compliance with the rules can be ensured.
If you need a will or a codicil, there are several good options available at modest cost. You may choose to use a specialist wills solicitor or choose one of the available online will services.