What is a codicil?
A codicil is a deed which is written after the making of the will. Codicil contains details or new provisions that supplement, modify or cancel one or more clauses or provisions that were in the original will.
Why make a codicil rather than a new will?
The codicil is recommended if the testator (the one who made the will) want to make minor changes. In the case of more significant changes, it is advisable to make a new notarial will, which cancel and replace by the last existing will.
Why take the writing down your codicil to a notary?
The notary is an expert in drawing up the contract. She will write down your codicil in order to reflect your intention unequivocally. In addition, the codicil, as a notarial will, is registered at the Register of Wills and Mandates in Quebec (RDTMQ) and is kept en minute in the supplies of the notary. This facilitates the identification of the codicil. The risk of error, degradation, or loss of codicil is thus eliminated.