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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.
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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.

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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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"When you shall be old, others will bind thee and takest thee where thou wouldst not "Roy Woolmans Llandudno Junction.
Well I know that thou wouldst have loved me, and the mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death".
When Frederick learns of her father's plans, he asks a servant trying to stop him, 'Wouldst thou make her a double-hearted monster?' (1.1.495).
I pitied thee, Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour One thing or other: when thou didst not, savage, Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like A thing most brutish, I endow'd thy purposes With words that made them known.
But the breaking of the desire to convince the people, although accompanied by deep grief ('It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become believers' [26: 2]; 'Thou wouldst only, perchance, fret thyself to death, following after them, in grief, if they believe not in this message' [18: 6]), is always consoled in the prophetic tradition by the Source of their inspiration ('let not those grieve thee, who race each other into Unbelief (whether it be) among those who say 'We believe' with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or be it among the Jews, - men who will listen to any lie...' [5: 44]).
And Helenus, the dear son of Priam, understood in spirit this plan that had found pleasure with the gods in council; and he came and stood by Hector's side, and spake to him, saying: 'Hector, son of Priam, peer of Zeus in counsel, wouldst thou now in anywise hearken unto me?
(26.) In particular, this is what is at stake in the final lines of the sixth stanza: "They know that never joy illumed my brow / Unlinked with hope that thou wouldst free / This world from its dark slavery, That thou ...
Telling her father that she is "miserable" at the discovery of his perfidious experiments, Beatrice rebukes him: "wherefore didst thou inflict this miserable doom upon thy child?" Rappaccini will have none of this: "Wouldst thou, then, have preferred the condition of a weak woman, exposed to all evil, and capable of none?" (10:127).
Members immediately fell on one knee, touched their forelocks (those who had a forelock to touch) and addressed the foolish one with "wouldst thou" and "Sire".
Nay, if thou wert, Wouldst thou belike know of my hurt, And what might sting and what might heal?
I cried unto thee O Lord that thou wouldst make a way for me to escape from this land of Slavery." (13)
Those manifold faculties Thou lettest fall upon several men Thou wouldst not have drenched up where they light but wouldest have derived, through the channels of their special vocations, into the common streams of public use for Church or Commonwealth.