Please explain what a codicil is and what it can and
codicil is a testamentary document that can
effectively add to, alter, delete, revoke or
republish a will. Just as much care and
consideration should be given to codicils as the
original will. The codicil is most often used to
refer to an addition to the will, a change in
beneficiaries, or a change in the personal
representative. The attorney preparing the codicil
will generally have to review the existing will in
order to do a proper job in preparing a codicil.
A list of the items
usually included in a codicil are as follows:
residence (or city/county) of Testator.
and identification of the existing will and
existing codicils, if any.
of codicil as “first” codicil, “second” codicil,
of page, paragraph, or line(s) in will that need
to be changed.
or description of the modification of will or
prior codicils, if any.
of revocation of prior codicils, if any.
course, have the same general requirements of a will
in that they must be in writing, properly witnessed,
and the testator of sound mind, capable of
understanding the instrument he executed.
common practice for those persons who have lived in
another state is to have a codicil prepared, thereby
republishing their existing will and changing their
legal residence to Florida and having the codicil
notarized (self-proving), so that out-of-state
witnesses need not be involved in proving the will.
For many persons, the cost of a simple will may be
only $35 to $50, and a codicil may cost that much.
Therefore, it may be wise to have a new will
prepared instead of a codicil.