You can modify your will without rewriting it entirely through an amendment called a “codicil.” Codicils must be signed by witnesses and should be kept with the original will. Before making any changes to your estate plan, we recommend you contact your attorney or financial advisor to ensure this change will not negatively impact other pieces of your estate plan.
To modify your will by codicil to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, please consider sharing the following language with your attorney:
I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington (EIN #23-7156071), or its successor organization, (the sum of $ ______) (or ______% of my estate), (or other property herein described) to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction.
In all other respects I ratify and confirm all of the provisions 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__.
Once you and your attorney have finalized your codicil, we would appreciate receiving a copy so we can properly carry out your wishes.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions made to it are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The purpose of these web pages is to provide general educational information about charitable gifts, financial considerations and estate planning. They are not intended as legal, accounting or other professional advice. For assistance in planning charitable gifts with tax and other financial implications, the services of appropriate advisers should be obtained. Consult an attorney for advice if your plans require revision of a will or other legal document.