Codicil (Amendment to Last Will)

Last Updated: 5/12/2015

Document Description

NOTE: A codicil should only be used for very minor changes to a last will and testament. For larger changes, you should update your actual last will document, sign it anew and destroy the old version.

Making changes to a last will and testament is serious business. Last will codicils are frequently contested; you have probably heard of famous stories surrounding these controversies. Gary Coleman was the child star of the 1970s, and 1980s and sadly passed away young. His estate contained battles with both an ex-wife and a current wife where a codicil set the tone. The best-case scenario when additions, deletions or any amendments need to be made are to destroy the prior will and recreate a new one. By doing this, you alleviate all confusion to your loved ones.

The more paperwork involved in the distribution of any assets, carrying out your personal wishes and assigning your agents, well, the more confusing it becomes. However, with that being said, there are those times when a simple change may be handled with a codicil to the will.

The ezEstatePlanner codicil form is an easy to use, fully- editable document. It is simple to create, and you may add any changes to your will by entering text into the text box that is provided. An important aspect of the legality of a codicil is in its signing. It must be signed in the same fashion a last will document is signed. Therefore, if your state dictates that witnesses are needed, then witnesses must endorse. If your state has notary requirement, these must be adhered to as well.

Make sure that you keep all of your documents in a safe and fireproof location. Don’t forget to upload your fully endorsed estate documents to your personal Estate Vault. This free feature is provided by ezEstatePlanner so that in the event the original document cannot be located, your loved ones still have access to a scanned copy.

What’s more is that you are in control, you decide who may or may not have access to your Vault. The information shared in your Estate Vault can be a guide to your loved ones at a time when they need it most.

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