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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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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.
71) Donors, testators, witnesses, and contracting parties alike are bound to become forgetful sooner or later.
Learning along the way about how to live nomadically in the Arctic, in interdependence with dogs who are neither wholly domesticated nor feral but of necessity somewhere in between, I have come to agree with the QTC testators that there is much more to this project than memories of dogs being killed.
Such an argument would serve to support an IRS position that the testator or the donor did in fact transfer a fixed percentage of the property value as redetermined.
When the testator died in 2004, the defendant offered the 2003 will for probate.
clarified the moral duty of a testator to make proper provision.
4) Common law, which varies from state to state, relies on location of real estate, domicile of the testator, and place of administration in determining in which states governing law applies.
Throughout the Commonwealth they abound with illustrations of malevolent and spiteful testators and judicial dicta that proclaim:</p> <pre> [N]o man is bound to make a will in such a manner as to deserve approbation from the prudent, the wise, or the good.
321) Some testators can limit the enjoyment of such an election by providing in trust the spouse's share with the spouse owning the income for life.
wishes of testators and settlors regarding the disposition of their
And wills turn out to be a useful source for reconstructing patterns of child circulation because testators often left bequests to individuals whom they had reared.