Altering an Existing Will (Codicil)
A Codicil is a supplementary document to your existing Will which can be used to make amendments to it, without redoing your whole Will. They are commonly used to enable clients to make minor adjustments to their existing Wills, whether this be an amendment to something already written, an additional clause or provision to be included and/or to remove (or revoke) something entirely from your Will as if it was never there.
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Why Alter an Existing Will by drawing up a Codicil?
A Codicil is a legal document which is separate to your Will but is to be a supplementary document to your said Will in order to make minor additions or amendments to your Will. Typically, the types of alterations this may include altering your wishes and assets (by removing provisions already made, by adding in new provisions or changing the amount or item being gifted). It can also be useful if you are changing those you have appointed as Executors & Trustees (those people appointed to carry out the wishes in your Will), or Guardians (those appointed as carers for your children under the age of 18 years), because their appointment is no longer appropriate – it could be that they have predeceased you, a capacity issue or lack of communication.
It may be that you wish to make several small or minor changes to your existing Will, and following a discussion with one of our dedicated Solicitors, they will be able to advise you of the options available to you personally, as well as helping you decide the best course of action appropriate for the types of changes you wish to make to your Will.
It is of the utmost importance that both the Will and the Codicil making the amendments are kept together and kept safe, so that your Executors and Trustees are aware of the altered terms of your Will and so that such changes are not ignored or disregarded. It is also good practice for you to inform your Executors and Trustees of where to find important documents and information following your death, especially as regards a Will and any Codicil(s) to it.
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