A codicil is a straightforward document that needs to be signed and witnessed in the same way as a will.
It allows you to make amendments to an existing will instead of completely re-writing an already written version.
There are no rules about what you can change using a codicil – it could be anything from a single word to many different sections of your will.
But it’s a good idea to use codicils only for very small changes, because they can make sorting out your will more complicated when you die.
A codicil has to be signed and witnessed in the same way as your original will, but you don’t need to use the same witnesses.
Don’t use someone as a witness if they or their husband/wife or civil partner benefits from a gift in the codicil – it will make the gift to them (in the codicil) invalid.
- If you’re using a will writing service or a solicitor, adding a codicil is usually cheaper than writing a new will.
- A codicil should be kept with your original will – codicils can get lost and raise questions over the original will.
- If you’re changing several parts of your will, it’s usually better to write a new will.