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A document stating how and to whom a person wants his/her property transferred after death. In addition to transferring property, a will may specify how certain responsibilities are to be performed. For example, a will may state who shall take care of the decedent's minor children, how they are to be educated, and so forth. A court must enforce the provisions of a will unless there is some overriding legal reason for it not to do so. Many advisers recommend writing a will to ensure that the writer's wishes are carried out.


A will is a legal document you use to transfer assets you have accumulated during your lifetime to the people and institutions you want to have them after your death.

The will also names an executor -- the person or people who will carry out your wishes.

You can leave your assets directly to your heirs, or you can use your will to establish one or more trusts to receive the assets and distribute them at some point in the future.

The danger of dying without a will is that a court in the state where you live will decide what happens to your assets. Its decision may not be what you would have chosen, and its deliberations can be costly and delay settling your estate.


An instrument by which a person directs the disposition of assets after death.At one time the term will referred to disposition of real property, and a testament was a disposition of personal property,hence the expression “last will and testament.”Today,will covers all properties. See also holographic will (handwritten), nuncupative will (oral), intestate succession (dying without a will), and escheat (dying with no will and no heirs).
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It'll be more fun here now, with that kid 'round, than movin'-picture shows, every day
repeated Nancy, indignantly, "I guess it'll be somethin' more than fun for that blessed child--when them two tries ter live tergether; and I guess she'll be a-needin' some rock ter fly to for refuge.
And though it still sticks in my mind that I could maybe show ye another of it with the cold steel, I warn ye beforehand -- it'll no be fair
Cut me off a piece of that pie, one of you boys, to take the taste of that out of my mouth, or it'll choke me dead.
It'll lead in a roundabout manner to your buying damage and waste of Pubsey and Co.
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I know the manager and a lot of the players and staff and it'll be nice to see some old faces.
You'll have one of the smoothest rides on the planet, it'll do nearly 40mpg and looks infinitely more handsome than the plain Jane X-Type or the dated S-Type.
Some of the Barrow players will want to compete against Nathan Mossop and myself and it'll certainly bring some extra interest.
He said: "I'm going to focus on getting more rides on the Flat this summer through to August or September, and see if I can pick up a few rides, but then it'll be back to jumps.
It'll be worse than what's gone on at Newcastle," Sullivan said.
A great deal of preparatory work seemed to be necessary by the motorman, and as the people stood and watched every movement, this old lady, to whom the idea of a car being able to move without any visible power was incomprehensible, kept remarking, "It'll never go, It'll never go.