Codicil for Alabama

State of Alabama
Codicil to the Last Will and Testament of _____________



I, _____________, "Testator," residing at _____________, _____________, _____________ _____________, and born on _____________, being of sound body and mind, declare this to be my Codicil to the Will I originally executed on _____________ (my "Will") in _____________ County, _____________.

  1. AMENDMENTS
  2. RATIFICATION. I ratify these changes to my Will.

I am signing this instrument, which is a Codicil to my Will, in the presence of the number of witnesses required by state law.

I am signing this Codicil at the following location:

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Sign: ____________________________________ Date: ________________

WITNESSES

Signed and Declared by Testator, _____________, on ____________ (date) to be Testator's Codicil to his/her Last Will and Testament, in our presence, who at Testator's request, in Testator's presence, and in the presence of each other, all being present at the same time, have signed our names as witnesses. Testator is aged 18 years or older. Also, each of us is now aged 18 years or older, is a competent witness, and resides at the address set forth after his or her name. We also affirm that at the time of signing the Will, Testator was of sound mind and memory, and we believe that this Will was not procured by duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence.

Witness I Name: _____________

Witness I Address: _____________
_____________, _____________ _____________

I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the State of _____________ that the above is true and correct.

Sign: ________________________________ Date: ________________
(Witness I Signature)

Witness II Name: _____________

Witness II Address: _____________
_____________, _____________ _____________

I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the State of _____________ that the above is true and correct.

Sign: ________________________________ Date: ________________
(Witness II Signature)

SELF-PROVING AFFIDAVIT

STATE OF _____________
COUNTY OF _____________

Each of the undersigned witnesses swears as follows:

The attached Will was signed by _____________, Testator named in the Will, on ___________ (date).

When _____________ signed the Codicil, he or she declared the instrument to be a Codicil to his or her Last Will and Testament. Each of us then signed our name as a witness at the end of the Codicil at the request of _____________ and in his or her presence and sight and in the presence and sight of each other. Each of us was acquainted with _____________ when the Codicil was executed and signs this affidavit at his or her request.

_____________ was, at the time of executing this Codicil, over the age of 18 years and, in our opinions, of sound mind, memory, and understanding and not under any duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence or in any respect incompetent to make a codicil. In our opinions, Testator could read, write, and speak in English and was suffering from no physical or mental impairment that would affect his or her capacity to make a valid codicil. The Codicil was executed as a single original instrument, and was not executed in counterparts.

Witness I Name: _____________

Witness I Address: _____________
_____________, _____________ _____________

Sign: ________________________________ Date: ________________

Witness II Name: _____________

Witness II Address: _____________
_____________, _____________ _____________

Sign: ________________________________ Date: ________________

Notary Public

On ____________________ (date), personally appeared the above-signed witnesses, proved to me by satisfactory evidence of identification, which were ___________________________ (ID type), to be the persons who signed the preceding document, and affirming that the contents of this document are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Print: ____________________________

Sign: _____________________________ Commission Expires: _______________

[Affix seal]

Instructions for Your Codicil



Preparing and executing your codicil follows the same rules as you would have followed when preparing your last will and testament that is being altered.

Executing Your Codicil

In order to make your codicil legally valid, you need to ensure that it is properly executed. This means you must sign your codicil in the presence of two witnesses (three witnesses are needed in New Hampshire and Vermont). You must be at least 18 years old to sign the will (16 years old in Louisiana and 14 years old in Georgia). Also, you should avoid the appearance that you are being pressured to execute your codicil according to someone else's wishes or that your true intentions are otherwise being restrained.

Witnesses

You should pick people who are disinterested parties to witness you sign your codicil. Note, if you are unable to physically sign the codicil, then you may direct another person to sign for you. This means that you should not use as witnesses any person named in the codicil or the will it is altering. You also should not use any relative, since a court will probably find that they have an interest in your will whether they are named in it or not. Finally, the witnesses should be over the age of 18 (age 16 in Louisiana and age 14 in Georgia).

Self-Proving Affidavits

After the codicil, you will find a document called "Self-Proving Affidavit." This document is useful for speeding up probate of the will by helping to establish that the will was properly executed and witnessed. Note that courts in the following states are not likely to accept such affidavits: Ohio, Maryland, District of Columbia, or Vermont.

Please note that the language you see here changes depending on your answers to the document questionnaire.

Codicil

A codicil is used to change or add new terms to a last will and testament. As people's lives change, so should their wills. This document saves people the time and expense associated with rewriting their entire will from scratch.

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