This form is for a person to change their will by codicil rather than making an entirely new will. It contains a provision that the former will remains valid except as amended by the codicil. It also contains the state required execution format and attestation clause. You will need to add the articles as desired.
Need a basic will? You can use this free will form as template to make legal arrangements for your loved ones after your death. Should your assets be substantial and be subject to federal estate taxes or death duty, or you need more complicated estate planning such as the establishment of living trusts, you should seek professional advice. You can still use our free will form as a basis to streamline your thoughts before consulting with legal counsel.
A codicil is a legal document that allows you to amend an existing will. Life changes a lot over the years, so it's important your will can change with it. When you first write a will, you may choose to share everything between your children. But as they move out, buy houses and create families of their own, you may decide that the money is better left to your grandchildren, other relatives or even charities.
This article was co-authored by Clinton M. Sandvick, JD, PhD. Clinton M.