WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE OR ADD BENEFICIARIES IN MY WILL?

A codicil is a legal document that changes specific provisions of a last will and testament but leaves all the other provisions the same. You can change, modify, update or even completely revoke your last will and testament at any time as long as you're mentally competent.

SAMPLE CODICIL

[date]

I, [name], a resident of the County of [county], State of [state], declare that this is the codicil to my last will and testament, which is dated [date original signed].

I add or change the said last will in the following manner:

[List all specific changes or additions to the original will. Reference each section number of the will and the specific language you will be affecting. This is where you could include a bequest.]

Otherwise, I hereby confirm and republish my will dated [date original signed], in all respects other than those herein mentioned.

I subscribe my name to this codicil this [date] day of [month], [year], at [full address where signed], in the presence of [full name of first witness to codicil], [full name of second witness to codicil], and [full name of third witness to codicil], attesting witnesses, who subscribe their names here in my presence.

                                                                               

                                                                                __________________________________
                                                                                 TESTATOR

 

ATTEST

 

On the date last above written, [name], known by us to be the person whose signature appears at the end of this codicil, declared to us, [full name of first witness to codicil], [full name of second witness to codicil], and [full name of third witness to codicil], the undersigned, that the foregoing instrument, consisting of [number of pages to codicil] page(s) was the codicil to the will dated [date original signed]; who then signed the codicil in our presence, and now in the presence of each other, we now sign our names as witnesses.

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Witness                                                     Address:        _____________________________

                                                                                           ____________________________

      

_____________________________________   

Witness                                                     Address:        _____________________________

                                                                                           ____________________________

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