Estate Planning: Washington Codicil

In Washington, a codicil is simply an amendment to a will. If you need to make changes to your will,  you can either redo the entire will, or if it is only a minor change, you can do it by codicil. With a codicil you usually revoke a paragraph and replace it with a new paragraph. The two documents are then read together. The codicil must be executed with the same formalities as a full will. Do not simply write changes on the face of an original will, as this could invalidate the entire will.

Drafting a will or codicil is an important and sometimes complex matter. It is a critical process that requires legal knowledge, informed decision-making as well as coordination with other estate planning documents. Although “do-it-yourself” forms and kits are available, they many not consider individual circumstances and relationships. A lawyer can assist and advise by analyzing individual circumstances and preferences, drafting valid documents, and avoiding pitfalls that alter intent.

Please feel free to talk to our experienced estate planning lawyers to assist you in drafting a will or other estate planning documents. You can call at 425-255-4542 or review some of our other estate planning articles on our web page.