A codicil is similar to a will, but generally, it is supplemental to a will that has been previously made. The codicil is subject to the same formal requirements as the will.
There are many different situations which can arise where you might want to make alterations to your will using a codicil. Some of these are described below:
For all practical purposes, codicils are used to make straightforward additions or amendments to an existing will. A codicil can exist independently of any will. If the testator cancels a will but does not cancel a codicil that was made after the will, it may result in there being inconsistencies that should be avoided. For this reason, the revocation clause in a subsequent will should express a clear intention to revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions (i.e. documents that are wills or alter existing wills (e.g. codicils) or are part of existing wills or qualify as informal writings).
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