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A Brief Guide to Creating your Will or Codicil

Writing a Will or amending it with a Codicil is one important way to look after the future of your loved ones and favourite charities, such as the Museum. Indeed, many charities would not survive if they didn’t receive legacies from their supporters and others.

Your legacy can be as small or large as you wish.

If you would like to leave a legacy to the Museum but have already written your Will, there are two ways you can change it:

Write a new Will

This is the simplest way to change your Will. By creating a new document, any Wills or Codicils made in the past by you are null and void.

Create a Codicil

A Codicil is a document used to change a Will that you have already made. This document enables you to make simple amendments or additions to an existing Will such as an added beneficiary, including a charity, a change to the amount of legacy to be left to a beneficiary or charity, or the addition of an Executor.

You can find further information about making your Will or creating a Codicil in this brief guide (PDF).

If you are considering leaving a legacy in your Will to the Museum, and require further information, please contact the Director, Dr Richard Wendorf, in confidence: richard.wendorf@americanmuseum.org