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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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"On the evidence of this witness, who swears that at the direction of the testatrix she destroyed the will offered for probate, such evidence being against her own interest, I decline to receive it.
The court reviewed the facts: At the time of her death, the testatrix was [65] years old and of very modest estate.
793 (holding that the estate of a deceased husband, who had a power to appoint to himself the testatrix's trust fund, included such fund because her husband was competent to dispose of her fund).
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The appellant submitted that the reasoning in Re Dale was correct and that Harper J had erred by 'suggesting that the requisite fraud could not be proved unless the testator and testatrix had made wills disposing of their respective estates (or some portion of it) in favour of the other.' (278) In the course of the hearing of the appeal, Winneke P continually stated his agreement with Harper J on this point.
(35) The Third District stated, "[i]t is important in considering whether undue influence was exercised in the making of this will to consider the mental and physical condition of the testatrix at the time the will was executed." (36) The court ruled that the undue influence analysis must be factually specific to the decedent and influencer and not based on a reasonable or ordinary person standard.
Secondly, I suggest that, despite considerable theoretical incoherence in the genealogy of these duties, they can be reconciled and resolved by developing the idea that they rest on the solicitor's `custodianship of the testatrix's testamentary intentions'.
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