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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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In the new study, published August 19 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dweck and colleagues asked students about their attitudes on willpower and then gave them lemonade sweetened with either sugar or a sugar substitute.
And when the frontopolar cortex is engaged during precommitment, "it increases its communication with a region that plays an important role in willpower, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
Speaking to Gulf News, Dr Hanan Obaid, Tobacco-Free Dubai Project Leader and Acting Director of the Health Affairs Department, Primary Healthcare Services Sector at the DHA, said the environment during Ramadan is conducive to test willpower to abstain from tobacco products for considerable lengths of time.
The researchers compared the effectiveness of willpower versus voluntarily restricting access to temptations, called 'precommitment'.
Professor Jane Wardle, from Cancer Research UK's Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, said: "Our report shows even though overweight people would like to lose weight and are aware of the cancer risk, they feel lack of willpower is a major barrier to shedding the pounds.
Many people advocate differently, emphasizing willpower instead of appetite.
Despite these efforts, 78% of those who made a health-related resolution say significant obstacles block them from achieving progress, such as willpower (33%), enacting changes alone (24%), and experiencing too much stress (20%).
Willpower, or self-control has been viewed largely as a character issue--we could follow through on our New Year's resolutions if only we had a bit more discipline.
The luxury boat - named Willpower - is owned by mega-rich Aussie socialite Rhonda Wyllie.
uk Joan Chapman from Middlesbrough NHS Stop Smoking Service, said: "The North-east's NHS Stop Smoking Services are some of the best in the country, and smokers are four times more likely to quit with our help than by using willpower alone.
As a discreet smoker who hates drink and never enters a betting office, would I be justified in accusing him of having no commonsense or willpower or should I respect his choice to spend his money as he so wishes?
So even if you have the willpower to stop after just four or five 15-calorie Dibs (good luck), you'll still rack up a fifth of a day's worth of bad fat.