What is a Codicil?
Updated: Apr 28
Although we advise that you consult a solicitor or will writer before altering the terms of your will, you can alter the terms of your current will using a document – called a Codicil.
Do not try to alter the terms of your current will by making deletions or adding provisions by writing on your existing will as the changes may not be valid.
Codicil must be completed in ink & include the following details –
1. Your full name – including any middle name.
2. Your full address
3. Indicate if this is the first or second codicil to your will.
4. The date your current will was signed.
5. The changes you wish to make – state the clause in existing will you want to remove/amend & write out in full the clause you want to insert into the will.
Once you have completed the details, are happy with the document and that you understand the document, please sign and have your signature witnessed by two witnesses.
Your witnesses need to sign the document, provide their full names and addresses, their occupation and complete the date signed. The witnesses must be present when you sign the Codicil and should sign and complete their details in your presence and together.
Neither your current Executors or any of your beneficiaries (or their spouses) should act as witnesses.
Your witnesses must be over the age of eighteen.
Once the Codicil is completed, signed and witnessed, please place the codicil with your current will (do not staple or otherwise affix to will) or send it to the person who looks after your will.
Declare this to be a (first/second) codicil to my Will dated .. /... /….
1. In addition to any legacies given in my said Will I give ……….
1. I wish to remove/amend clause number (…) and replace said clause as follows………
2. In all other respects I confirm my said Will and any or all other codicils thereto.
Testator’s Signature & Attestation/ witnesses clause here.