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Understanding Codicils

In Latin, the word “codicil” means “little will.” A codicil is a formal document that amends the provisions of a will. The amendments may change, modify or supplement the provisions of a will.

Why Codicils are used

Before the widespread use of computers, wills were handwritten or typed. Codicils were often used to make minor amendments to a will. 

Today, with the widespread use of computers, codicils are generally not used to make minor amendments to a will. It is relatively easy to make and print a new will by editing an electronic version of a prior will.