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A person who writes and, if necessary, registers a will. The will states how and to whom the testator wants his/her property transferred after death. In addition to transferring property, the testator may specify how certain responsibilities are to be performed. For example, he/she may indicate who shall take care of the decedent's minor children, how they are to be educated, and so forth. Many advisers recommend writing a will to ensure that the testator's wishes are carried out. Rarely, a female testator is called a testatrix.


The decedent who leaves a will.The feminine form used to be called “testatrix,”but today testator includes male and female.

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Establishing a trust can also provide more protection than an outright gift, if the testator is concerned that others may have a claim against the beneficiary of the gift.
Baron, 'Irresolute Testators, Clear and Convincing Wills Law' (2016) 73 Washington & Lee Law Review 3, 9, 15-16.
The testator made a will appointing one of her two daughters as executor and naming both daughters as beneficiaries.
In either case, the testator can identify his family members (although suffering from a delusion concerning characteristics of those family members).
For example, less than one-quarter (n = 328, 24 per cent) of all testators had included funeral instructions and fewer will makers (n = 238, 17 per cent) had included a specific trust.
A post-nuptial testamentary document would survive even if it disinherited the testators spouse.
As Gulliver and Tilson observed, the need to protect testators from duress or undue influence depends upon their vulnerability.
Generally, the Lithuanian legal system enables the testator to bequeath his/her estate, its part or a single thing to the society for useful or charitable purposes.
doctrines within the law of wills that apply to all testators serve the
In all Australian states and territories, these formal requirements are that, to be valid, a will must be in writing and signed by the testator in the presence of attesting witnesses who actually see the testator sign.
The problem arises that, every so often, testators fail to construct their wills in a manner producing a complete estate plan.
Bonfield concludes, quite reasonably if somewhat unsatisfactorily, that the probate courts, given great discretionary leeway in the period's culture of will-making, simply must have ruled in favor of those litigants who were, with the help of their witnesses and attorneys, best able to craft persuasive narratives about testators, their will-making, and their dying intentions (see esp 106-07, 128-29, 154-55, and 175-76).