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Testator

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.

testator

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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Still other courts have defended the common law rule invalidating negative wills as potentially consistent with testators' intent.
Wills are also important to not-for-profit organisations, as they seek to position themselves strategically in order to benefit from the expected intergenerational wealth transfer from the baby boomer generation (McGregor-Lowndes & Hannah 2008).The content of wills generally concerns the transmission of material assets; however, wills also have a social component and play an important role in defining relationships between testators and the people and organisations around them (Finch & Mason 2000; Angel 2008).
Therefore, the assets transferred in the will need to be coordinated with all other assets to assure the testator's desires are met.
Although juridical decisions in this domain focus on couples who never married, formalized marriage is at the core of analyses, serving as a benchmark against which other relationships are assessed to discern an applicants eligibility to claim support from a testators estate.
(71) Donors, testators, witnesses, and contracting parties alike are bound to become forgetful sooner or later.
The testator's children (the adoptees), spouse, parents (the adoptive parents), who were entitled to maintenance on the day of the testator's death shall inherit irrespective of the content of the will a half of the share that each of them would have been entitled to by operation of law (a mandatory share) unless more is bequeathed by the will;
doctrines within the law of wills that apply to all testators serve the
must be attested by at least two of the witnesses signing the will in the presence of the testator.
"This is a pivotal stepping stone for the registry as we extend our services to a wider network of people, who will be safe in the knowledge that their Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah based assets cannot be legitimately challenged on the grounds of either the authenticity of the identity of the testator or the integrity of the registration and witnessing," said Sean Hird, Director, DIFC Wills & Probate Registry.
We call the person whose property is being distributed the testator. A will does not transfer any property rights until the testator's death.
Baron, 'Irresolute Testators, Clear and Convincing Wills Law' (2016) 73 Washington & Lee Law Review 3, 9, 15-16.
Cynthia Trench, Principal of Trench & Associates Legal Consultants, who has helped over 150 testators have their wills done at the WPR, said, "There are a number of high networth individuals from different countries, who have invested heavily in Dubai real estate, and have begun registering wills at the WPR.