Changing your Will in order to leave a legacy to the Church is very straightforward. You simply add a Codicil.
A Codicil is an addition or alteration which lets you add extra gifts or alter the amounts of the ones you’ve already made—rather like a PS to your Will.
Each time you wish to make a change to your Will you can simply prepare a further Codicil. You can have as many Codicils as you like as long as they clearly refer to your original Will. Once completed, the codicil should be kept with (although not physically attached to) your original Will.
The following form of Codicil can be used if you wish to make a money bequest to the Church:
“I ……………. of (address) declare this to be the (first, second, etc.) Codicil to my Will dated …………..
In addition to the provisions of that Will I give to The Parochial Church Council of Christ Church, Kensington, the sum of £ xxx free of all taxes and duties for the general purposes of the Church and I declare that the receipt of an authorised officer of the PCC shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.”
The Codicil should be signed, dated and witnessed by two independent people.
Please consult with your Solicitor if you wish to make an alternative form of bequest to the Church.