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What Is A Codicil?

Posted by Anthony Serra | Jun 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is a codicil?

A codicil is just a fancy name for an amendment to an existing Last Will and Testament (will).

Years ago when wills were handwritten (yes that was many years ago!) or prepared on a typewriter, codicils were more prevalent since no one wanted to re-write or re-type an entire will to only make a minor revision, like naming a new guardian or trustee for your children. It was much easier to simply amend the old will by adding a one-page codicil.

Codicils are still used today, but just not as frequently since it is just as easy to reprint the entire will that has been saved on a computer than it is to prepare a codicil. Both the new will and codicil still need to be signed to meet the statuary requirements in New Jersey, which is to be witnessed by two people and notarized to make it self-proving.

Sometimes I will use a codicil if I am amending a will drawn by a different attorney that is otherwise acceptable to the client. In that case, rather then re-type the entire will, I may just leave the old will in place and add the codicil. However, if it is a will I previously drew up, I would probably recommend revising the will and having the client sign a new will and by-pass adding a codicil all together. The fee would be the same.

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About the Author

Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  


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