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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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Jones pleaded guilty to nine charges of wilfully neglecting nine patients "lacking capacity" at the Welsh hospital between February 2012 and February 2013.
Jones faces nine charges of ill treating or wilfully neglecting patients on ward two by failing to check and then falsifying blood glucose levels.
They also been charged with knowingly and wilfully interfering with the administration of justice by failing to remove from Al-Jadeed TV's website and Al-Jadeed TV's YouTube channel information on purported confidential witnesses.
Another driver was also reported for summons for wilfully obstructing the highway.
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.
Compared with Perrault's wilfully simple quartet of podium-mounted towers, Portzamparc's wilfully complex accretions of sculptural objects are imbued with an inviting dynamism.
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.
Nurse Rebecca Jones, 29, pleaded guilty to nine charges of wilfully neglecting patients |at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend
Jake Johnson, the shambolic, fumbling flatmate from TV's New Girl, plays a shambolic, fumbling journalist in a wilfully amateurish lo-fi 'Mumblecore' flick featuring a cast of pasty-faced bedheads which strives for realism by utilising overlapping dialogue.
Kelvin Fore, of Ellesmere Walk, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to one charge of wilfully neglecting resident Simone Blake but denied a second allegation against the same person.