The following Wills & Probate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Codicils
  • Meaning of codicil
  • Formalities
  • Construction and effect in general
  • Confirmation of Will by codicil
  • Revival by codicil
  • Revocation by codicil
  • Reasons for a codicil

Codicils may be used for making any alteration in a Will such as to alter the executors or make changes in legacies, whether by addition or deletion but that is by no means their only use. As a general rule, substantial changes are best achieved by means of a new Will and codicils are more appropriately used for the purposes of making slight alterations, eg a change of executors or an additional legacy. However, even a slight alteration by codicil can cause confusion, eg in Re Morris.

There is an element of danger in making a codicil and, as Megarry J stated in Re Lawrence's Will Trusts in relation to the use of the words 'as i

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