A codicil for last will and testament is used to amend an existing will such as adding new
provisions, subtracting provisions, altering provisions, or offering explanations to
existing provisions. This template document effects one or more changes to the will but
otherwise keeps the other terms of the will the same. This short-form document
contains both standard clauses and opportunities for the use of optional terms and
conditions making it fully customizable to fit the needs of the maker. As drafted, the
attestation has a place for the signature of three witnesses.
CODICIL TO LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Being of sound and disposing mind, I, ________________________ [Comment: insert name of maker], a resident
of _________________ [Comment: insert address of legal residence] in the State of _________, declare that this
is the codicil to my last will and testament, dated _______________ [Comment: insert the date that the original
will was signed].
I add or edit this last will and testament in the following manner:
[Comment: list edits to the will using specific reference to section numbers and original language. Some sample
clauses are (i) “I revoke my gift of…” and (ii) “I give, devise and bequeath”]
With these edits therein, I hereby confirm and republish my will dated _______________ [Comment: insert the
date that the original will was signed].
I subscribe my name to this codicil on this ____ day of ___________, 20___ at the location of [Comment: insert
address where codicil is signed] in the presence of three attesting witnesses, ___________________ [Comment:
insert full name of first witness], ___________________ [Comment: insert full name of second witness], and
___________________ [Comment: insert full name of third], who sign their names here in my presence.
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On this ____ day of ___________, 20___ the date last above written, ______________ [Comment: insert name of
maker], known by us to be the person whose signature appears at the end of this codicil, declared to us,
___________________ [Comment: insert full name of first witness], ___________________ [Comment: insert
full name of second witness], and ___________________ [Comment: insert full name of third], the undersigned,
that the foregoing document, consisting, of __________ (___)[Comment: insert number of codicil pages] page(s)
was the codicil to their last will and testament of _______________ [Comment: insert the date that the original
will was signed].
______________ [Comment: insert name of maker] then signed the codicil in our presence, and now in the
presence of each other, we now sign our names as witnesses.
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