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What is a codicil?

When a person wishes to make only minor changes to an existing Will, a person may amend a Will with a Codicil. A Codicil changes only specific provisions; it leaves the original Will intact except for the specific changes and may be less expensive than drafting a new Will. A Codicil must be executed with the same formalities as a Will. There can be disadvantages to using a Codicil. Both the original Will and the Codicil must be admitted to probate, therefore, the nature of the change becomes a public record and a beneficiary omitted by the Codicil may try to find reason to object. For this reason, it may be advisable to execute a new Will. For a more complicated Will with many articles and provisions, it can be confusing to try to incorporate the Codicil changes into the original Will since one article may affect another article.

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