Wills & Trusts

Codicils

You may have heard the legal term "codicil." This is simply a formal change to your original will. There are strict requirements regarding codicils which must be followed to avoid the disastrous results shown in our example. Many attorneys use this format specified in state law to make codicils to a will. We have attached a sample Codicil to our Legal Document Forms Book, as Form 10.

Often it is a better practice to simply create a new will. While one realizes that this is not always possible and there are good reasons not to execute a new will, you ought to consider doing it even if it costs a bit more in legal fees. The creation of a new will, and the destruction of the old will, witnessed by others, makes a much cleaner practice and will help to avoid much confusion later.

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