Glossary For Will Making

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Making a Will is not about wealth it is about making sure that what you want to happen to your estate does happen. It gives you the opportunity to specify such things as who will administer your estate, who will care for your children and who will receive specific items of your property.


Administrator

Person authorised by the court to administer the estate of someone who dies without making a will.

Administratrix

Female version of administrator.

Affidavit

A statement which is confirmed by oath or affirmation.

Animus testandi

The intention to create a will.

Assets passing by

Assets in joint names, such as bank survivorship accounts, that pass automatically to one owner on the death of the other and not by his will.

Attestation

The clause in a will confirming that the will was signed by the testator in the presence of witnesses.

Beneficiary

Person who benefits under a will or under the intestacy rules.

Codicil

Document changing some aspect of the will but leaving the rest intact./

En ventre sa mere

A child as yet unborn./

Estate

The assets and liabilities left by the deceased.

Executor

Person appointed by will to administer a deceased person's estate.


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Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:

 

  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.
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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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