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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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It is also a good idea to have another person review the final draft of the will with the testator before he signs it.
Trusts provide a useful solution for testators who want to provide for a person, such as their child, who would benefit by not having a large amount of money in their name.
Baron, 'Irresolute Testators, Clear and Convincing Wills Law' (2016) 73 Washington & Lee Law Review 3, 9, 15-16.
testators frequently, I am afraid, cut off their children with the proverbial penny for marrying against their will.
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In either case, the testator can identify his family members (although suffering from a delusion concerning characteristics of those family members).
The following factors, taken together, were sufficient to allege undue influence: the unnatural disposition of the property; the extreme age of the decedent; the opportunity that the proponents of the will had to exercise influence because the testator resided in their home for a long period of time prior to, and until his death; the existence of a confidential relationship; that the will was kept secret from the son of the decedent; and that the terms were contrary to the prior expressed intentions of the decedent.
Australia, and England and Wales) seeks to deter people from avoiding their family responsibilities and allows for contest of distributions on the basis that the testator did not adequately provide for their dependents (NSW Law Reform Commission 2005).
A In order to be valid, both will and codicil must be signed by the testator and by two witnesses who must both have been watching when it was signed.
The governance of wills and estates portrays marriage as the most critical bond for any testator, such that a testator's presumed affections rest primarily with his or her spouse, rather than lineal relatives.
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