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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.
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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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In reality, one defending against the Carpenter presumption should not approach the issue as proving the negative but should prove affirmatively that the testator was acting of his or her own free will.
For example, suppose the testator makes the following gift to a child who has shown a tendency for get-rich-quick schemes: "I leave $100,000.00 to my son, provided that this money is to be invested conservatively by him." The latter term would not be enforceable as a "condition subsequent", and would serve as no more than a recommendation or preference expressed by the testator.
Whereas the changing or revoking of will is concerned, the testator can revoke the will at any time, or otherwise replace it by a new one, the spokesperson said.
The appellate court reversed the judgment of the probate court and remanded the case with instructions that the probate court consider extrinsic evidence regarding the practical use of the trucks and farm equipment identified in the appraisal, whether the testator intended the automobiles to be "contents of said real estate," and any additional evidence as to the intent of the testator.
(11) A century and a half later, in 1677, legislation requiring all testators to execute their wills in writing (and in front of witnesses if wills disposed of real property) continued to rehearse as its sole rationale the 'prevention of many fraudulent Practices which are commonly endeavored to be upheld by Perjury...'.
Sanjeev Sury, 56, another testator, said: "My motivation for making a will was for my wishes to be carried out in line with my country's principles of testamentary freedom, instead of another heirship regime potentially applying to my succession.
The pivotal feature of these cases is that the conditions at issue required a beneficiary to act in a manner contrary to law or public policy in order to inherit under the will, or obliged the executors or trustees of the will to act in a manner contrary to law or public policy in order to implement the testator's intentions.
If a Will is made leaving assets to charity it is necessary to lodge the said Will with the Registrar within 6 months and it is also necessary that the testator lives for one year after making the Will.
(14) Wills are most frequently contested by beneficiaries who claim the document itself is invalid, either because the testator executed it without the requisite formalities, lacked the required capacity, was induced to sign the instrument against her free will, or revoked it in favor of some alternative disposition.
(Florida law requires not just the testator to sign a will but two witnesses as well.)
fulfill the obligation alliance based on the origin of enforced "Death is what receivables originated enforcement of property and, consequently, falling between the heir and the testator existing commitments" [9] Provided that in the first stage, the heir must be in accordance with Article 242 of the Law on non-litigious Bequest to the explicit or implicit acceptance or if he died without an heir before accepting or rejecting wand, his heirs act according to Article 245 of the non-litigious matters do.
Forgery--where the testator (8) has not herself signed her will--has been omitted from this article.