Last Will and Testament Legal Forms for Estate Planning
A will or testament is legal document that is used to regulate the rights of others over a person’s property or family after their death. A will is a general term, while testament applies only to dispositions of personal property. A will is also used as the legal instrument in a trust.
Last Will and Testaments are an essential estate planning tool for everyone.
All will forms may be downloaded in electronic format (Microsoft Word, rich text, plain text) or you may order the will form to be sent by regular mail. Free Law Summaries and previews are included.
Available will form and testament include: Mutual will forms, divorced will forms, married will forms, single will forms, widow will forms, and other miscellaneous will forms.
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Terminology Used in Last Will and Testament Forms
- Bequest – A bequest is a gift in the form of personal property
- Codicil – An amendment to a will, or will form
- Devise – A special gift of real property in a will
- Devisee – A person who receives a devise
- Legacy – A gift. Historically, a legacy has referred to either a gift of real property or personal property
- Legatee – A person who receives a legacy
- Demonstrative legacy (sometimes referred to as a specific legacy or specific gift) – a gift of a specific item of tangible or intangible personal property, such as a bank account, shares of stock, a bond, etc.
- Testate – To die testate means having created a will before death. A person who has not created a will prior to death is said to be intestate.
- Testator – a person who executes a will; that is, the person whose will it is. The antiquated English term of testatrix was used to refer to a female but is generally no longer in standard legal usage.
- Executor or personal representative – The person designated to administer the estate, generally subject to the supervision of the probate court, in accordance with the testator’s wishes in the will. In most cases, the testator will nominate an executor/PR in the will unless that person is unable or unwilling to serve.
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