Amend a previously executed Will without the need to completely rewrite a Will. Minor changes are made to a Will in a codicil, such as changing an executor or a beneficiary if they have predeceased you.

What is a codicil to a will?

A codicil is a document that alters part of your existing will but leaves the rest of the will intact. It is a separate document to the Will itself but should be stored alongside your Will. This helps to make sure your executors are aware of any changes you have made when administering your estate.

It is recommended that a new Will be made for drastic changes. Should the situation arise, please contact our office for further guidance.

Why might I use a codicil?

You may want to use a codicil if you have already made your Will and want to make some small changes. This includes things like:

  • Changing executors, or if an executor has died
  • Updating your funeral wishes
  • Updating the name of a beneficiary


  • Any codicils should be kept with your Will so that the changes are not missed by your executors.
  • You should only use a codicil to make minor changes to your Will. If you need to make major changes, it is recommended that you write a new Will instead.
  • Codicils can lead to confusion if they are used multiple times to amend a Will.
  • Writing a new Will makes things clearer for your executors and helps to ensure that none of your updates are missed.

Price: £30 (minimum charge)

(First codicil is free if you had an intermediate or advanced Will prepared by Ethical Wills. A new Will is free if you had an advanced will prepared by Ethical Wills.)