Codicil

A codicil is a way to add a gift to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to your latest Will. It is a supplement to the Will that can make changes or amends and allow additions to that Will.

If you already have more than one Will make sure that this codicil refers to the latest Will – also clearly identify which codicil this will be, first, second, third etc.

Unless the change you are making is very straightforward we recommend that you consult your solicitor and consider having your Will redrafted.

If you decide to update your will using a codicil, here are a few basic rules:

  • Just like a Will, you will need two adult witnesses to you signing the codicil. They, or their spouses cannot be beneficiaries. They do not need to see the contents of the codicil, merely that you sign it in their presence

  • The witnesses need to write in their names and addresses and sign the codicil

  • Keep the completed codicil with your latest will, but not attached by pins or staples etc, in a safe place

  • Send a copy of the Will and codicil, in a sealed envelope if you prefer, to a trusted person. This could be your executor, solicitor, good friend, charity beneficiary and let them know where the original Will and codicil are stored.