Sample Codicil

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.

This example codicil form is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that you consult a qualified attorney, licensed in your state, to ensure that this form meets all legal requirements for your state.


I, [name], give, devise and bequeath ($ ______ or ______% of the residue of my estate) the Anti-Defamation League Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, having its principal offices at 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158-3560, Tax ID number 13-2887439, to be used for its general purposes (or for the support of a specific regional office, fund or program).

In all other respects I ratify and confirm all of the provisions of my said last Will and Testament dated on the _________ day of ______________, 20__.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I sign, publish and declare this instrument to be a Codicil to my last Will and Testament in the presence of the persons witnessing said Codicil at my request this _____ day of ___________, 20__.

_________________________ residing at __________________________


_________________________ residing at ___________________________
_________________________ residing at ___________________________

The codicil, to be valid, must be signed in the presence of witnesses, and the original placed with your other valuable papers. A copy can go to your lawyer and a copy to ADL.

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