When it’s time to update your will, you don’t have to start from scratch.
You can use a codicil, an addition or supplement that explains or modifies your existing will.
I add or change said last will in the following manner:
[List with particularity all changes to the will. Reference each section number of the will and the specific language you will be affecting. Be as clear and precise as possible.]
Otherwise, I hereby confirm and republish my will dated, [date original signed], in all respects other than those herein mentioned.
I subscribe my name to this codicil this [day] day of [month], [year], at [full address where signed], in the presence of [full name of first witness to codicil], and [full name of second witness to codicil], who subscribe their names here in my presence.
On the date last above written, [testator], known by us to be the person whose signature appears at the end of this codicil, declared to us, [full name of first witness to codicil], [full name of second witness to codicil] and [full name of third witness to codicil], the undersigned, that the foregoing instrument, consisting, of ____________ page(s) was the codicil to the will dated, [date original signed]; who then signed the codicil in our presence, and now in the presence of each other, we now sign our names as witnesses.
Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on ___________, 2020, by ____________ (Witness 1) and ___________________ (Witness 2).
Notary Public in and for the State of Washington
My commission expires: ______________________________________
To be valid, the codicil must be signed in the presence of witnesses, and the original should be placed with your other valuable papers. A copy can go to your lawyer and a copy to Seattle Children’s.