If a person has a Will and wants to make an addendum, does it have to be notarized or just witnessed by 2 people other than family?

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If a person has a Will and wants to make an addendum, does it have to be notarized or just witnessed by 2 people other than family?

Asked on November 5, 2014 under Estate Planning, Florida

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Executing an addendum to a Last Will and Testament - called a "codicil" - has the same requirements as executing the primary document, the Will. Florida does not require that the Will/Codicil be notarized but it is always a good idea according to lawyers in their state.  It also does allow witnesses who may have an interest in the Will to serve as witnesses but it is a good idea you have to have non interested parties do so. Codicils should be kept with the Will so I would consider speaking with your attorney about this all.  If there are significant changes it may be a good idea to do a new Will.  God luck.


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