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 give, devise, and bequeath to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Inc., a charitable organization whose national headquarters are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the general purposes of said organization, (the sum of $_______); (____ percent of my gross estate, as determined for federal estate tax purposes); (the following property:___________); or (the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate).
In all other respects I ratify and confirm all of the provision 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__.
The codicil, to be valid, must be signed in the presence of witnesses, and the original placed with your other valuable documents. A copy can go to your lawyer and a copy to Union of Concerned Scientists.
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