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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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The UC would also centralize the management of the willed body programs at its 5 medical schools and significantly strengthen its security and recordkeeping departments.
The lawsuit alleges that Henry Reid, the director of the willed body program, illegally sold body parts for several years and UCLA officials knew about his actions.
California Healthline reported that invoices printed on UCLA letterhead showed Reid charged Nelson $704,600 between 1998 and 2003 for the sale of 496 cadavers donated to the willed body program.
Here authority is not based on the majority of votes; it is based on the authority of Christ himself, which He willed to pass on to men who were to be His representatives until His definitive return.
But it is a serious mistake to conclude from this that everyone is fundamentally good willed.
In addition, the committee has the right to appoint new members should the willed members die, resign, or fail to serve.
In vitro fertilization is neither in fact achieved nor positively willed as an expression and fruit of a specific act of conjugal union.
The genie of the enterprise is the book's author, Kathan Brown, herself a master printer; it was Brown who willed Crown Point into being in 1962, and her determination, committed curiosity, and high standards have fueled its program ever since.
in October 1992, he willed to it all of his United States property.
Holstein passed away that same year, she willed the household goods to housekeeper Miss Katie Kindell.
Young rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns, threw for 180 and another score and willed the Longhorns back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to a 38-37 victory over Michigan.
Man and woman have been created, which is to say willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other hand, in their respective beings as man and woman.