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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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Between December 29, 2016, and March 29, 2017, while serving as an acting police officer employed by Northumbria Police, he wilfully misconducted himself, without reasonable excuse of justification, by engaging in a relationship with [a second woman], a witness is an investigation in which he was involved, to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in a police officer.
The 26-year-old denied charges of wilfully injuring a badger, taking part in an animal fight and being present at the scene.
The NAB has decided to take to task all the big fishes who deviously and wilfully defaulted electricity bills.
The other patients Jones admitted wilfully neglecting were named as David Kinsey Gough, Carolyn Sullivan, David Alun Evans, John Robert Jenkins, Ronald Bevan, Colin Davies, Jean Preece and Kathleen Chappell.
and Ibrahim Mohamed Al Amin are charged with knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice by publishing information on purported confidential witnesses in the case.
Another two men, Christopher Holmes, 28, and Malcolm Warner, 28, both from York, were handed 12-week custodial sentences suspended for 12 months after they pleaded guilty to wilfully killing a badger, digging for badgers and interfering with a badger sett.
It is alleged that (a) He wilfully participated in the excessive restraint of the alleged victim at Wilton Street (b) wilfully neglected to prevent the excessive restraint of Mr Powell, and (c) wilfully neglected to cause him to be taken to hospital following the incidents at Wilton Street.
Ajmal Rashid, aged 19, of Lythalls Lane, Holbrooks, Coventry, without lawful authority had in a public place an offensive weapon namely a cosh and wilfully obstructing a police constable in the execution of his duty, committed to detention in a young offenders' institution for 21 days.
This case, by implication, seems to also question the right of a group of non-buyers in a non-eviction plan to wilfully kill a conversion by the willful misuse of a non-buy pledge.
Horwell, 48, of Manor Oaks Tree, Sheffield, and Wallace, 40, who also goes by the name Baston, of Great Park, Newcastle, both denied a charge they wilfully ill treating the child in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health.
Nurse Rebecca Jones, 29, pleaded guilty to nine charges of wilfully neglecting patients |at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend
Despite some great performances and some laughs, it's a movie just a touch too wilfully weird to quite work.