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CODICIL TO LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ________________________

I, ________________________ (the 'Testator') of ______________________, North Carolina, declare this to be my codicil (my 'Codicil') to my last will and testament being dated the 24th day of October, 2020 (my 'Last Will').

  1. Clause __________ of my Last Will will be modified as follows:

    The beneficiary of __________ will be changed from "________________________" to "________________________ of __________, North Carolina".

  2. I hereby confirm and republish my Last Will dated the 24th day of October, 2020 in all respects other than those mentioned here.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have signed my name on this the ________ day of ________________, ________, at __________, North Carolina, declaring and publishing this instrument as my Codicil to Last Will, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, who witnessed and subscribed this Codicil to Last Will at my request, and in my presence.


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________________________ (Testator)

SIGNED AND DECLARED by ________________________ on the ________ day of ________________, ________ to be his Codicil to Last Will, in our presence, at __________, North Carolina, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, all being present at the same time, have signed our names as witnesses.

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Witness #1 Signature
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Witness #1 Name (Please Print)
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Witness #1 Street Address
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Witness #1 City/State

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Witness #2 Signature
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Witness #2 Name (Please Print)
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Witness #2 Street Address
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Witness #2 City/State

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Witness #3 Signature
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Witness #3 Name (Please Print)
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Witness #3 Street Address
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Witness #3 City/State


AFFIDAVIT

I, ________________________, the Testator, sign my name to this instrument this _____ day of ____________________, 20_______, and being first duly sworn, do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that I sign and execute this instrument as my Codicil to Last Will and that I sign it willingly (or willingly direct another to sign for me), that I execute it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed in the Codicil to Last Will, and that I am eighteen (18) years of age or older, of sound mind, and under no constraint or undue influence.

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Testator

We, ____________________, ____________________ and ____________________, the witnesses, sign our names to this instrument, being first duly sworn, and do hereby declare to the undersigned authority that the Testator signs and executes this instrument as the Testator's Codicil to Last Will and that the Testator signs it willingly (or willingly directs another to sign for the Testator), and that each of us, in the presence and  hearing of the Testator, hereby signs this Codicil to Last Will as witness to the Testator's signing, and that to the best of our knowledge the Testator is eighteen (18) years of age or older, of sound mind, and under no constraint or undue influence.


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Witness #1


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Witness #2


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Witness #3

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF _____________________________

Subscribed, sworn to and acknowledged before me by ________________________, the Testator, and subscribed and sworn to before me by ____________________, ____________________ and ____________________, witnesses, this _____ day of ____________________, 20_______.

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(Signed) _____________________________

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(Official capacity of officer)

Codicil

What is a Codicil?

A Codicil is a document that acts as an addendum to a Last Will and Testament, meaning it can make changes to an existing Will (with additions, substitutions, and/or deletions).

Who can change a Will?

Only the creator of a Last Will (the testator or principal) can make changes to their Last Will and Testament. This means that even if someone has Power of Attorney, they cannot create a Codicil to make changes to the principal's Will.

What changes can I make to my Will?

Some common things people change in their Last Wills using Codicils include:

  • Beneficiaries of their estate, assets, and/or gifts
  • Guardians for their children
  • Executor of their Will

You can make virtually any changes that you want to your Will within reason, including adding assets or gifts that you may have forgotten in the original or new ones you acquired after creating the original. For example, if you win the lottery or come into an inheritance from a deceased relative.

It's usually best practice to create an entirely new Will if you find yourself wanting to make extensive changes. For example, if you get married, divorced, or have kids, it's probably a good idea to create a new Last Will to reflect the major life change.

How do I write a Codicil to a Will?

To write a Codicil you need to clearly state your name, residence, and the date you signed your original Last Will. Then you list your amendments and the clauses they modify.

If you're adding clauses, specify where in the Will you'd want them to appear, e.g. "My Last Will is to be modified by adding the following clause after clause 12", and then write out the clause with clear, plain language.

Do codicils have to be notarized?

The requirements can differ from state to state, but typically Codicils do not have to be notarized. They do, however, have to be signed by witnesses who are not listed as beneficiaries in the Last Will. The number of witnesses can differ between states as well, but usually the number is no less than two.

Some states allow a self-proving Affidavit to be attached to your Codicil, which is signed by you and up to three witnesses under oath before a notary public. The self-proving Affidavit allows you to waive the requirement for one or all of your witnesses to show up in court to acknowledge the proper execution of your Codicil.

You can sign the self-proving Affidavit at the same time as your Codicil or at a later date if you wish, and it should be noted that whether or not you use the Affidavit does not affect the validity of your Codicil.

Related Documents:

  • Gift Deed: a document that you can use to give away sentimental items or money to other people without compensation
  • Last Will and Testament: a document used to specify how you want your assets and property distributed after you pass away
  • Living Will: a form that allows you to specify your health care preferences when and if you become incapacitated and cannot make those decisions for yourself or allows you to appoint someone to make those decisions for you
  • Power of Attorney: an estate planning document you use to appoint someone to make financial, real estate, and/or business decisions in your stead should you become incapacitated or are unable to make those decisions for yourself at a specific time
  • Revocable Living Trust: an estate planning tool that you can use to place assets in a trust so they can skip probate and be distributed according to your specific wishes after you pass away
  • Revocation of Power of Attorney: a document used to revoke an existing Power of Attorney
  • End-of-Life Plan: a document that allows you to set out your wishes for your remains and any memorial or funeral services, as well as distribution of assets for when you pass away

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