A codicil is a supplement to your Will that can make changes or amends and allow additions to that Will. It is also a good way to add a gift to a charity, such as Michael Sobell Hospice Charity, to your latest Will.
If you already have more than one Will make sure that this codicil refers to the latest Will – also clearly identify which codicil this will be eg first, second, third etc.
If you decide to update your Will using a codicil, please note the following:
- Just like a Will, you will need two adults to witness you signing the codicil. They, or their spouses, cannot be beneficiaries. They do not need to see the contents of the codicil, but you need to sign it in their presence
- The witnesses need to write in their names and addresses and sign the codicil
- Keep the completed codicil with your latest will (but not attached by pins or staples) in a safe place
- Send a copy of the Will and codicil, in a sealed envelope if you prefer, to a trusted person. This could be your executor, solicitor, good friend or charity beneficiary, and let them know where the original Will and codicil are stored
If your Will is complicated, we recommend that you consult your solicitor and consider having your Will redrafted.