Stepping Stone Wills
  • Will writing in Sleaford
  • Stepping Stone Wills
  • Glossary of will writing terms
  • Lincooln, Lincolnshire

Glossary of Terms

Administrator - The person entitled at law to administer your Estate if you die without a Will.

Bequest - A generic term used to cover both legacies and devises.

Beneficiary - A generic term for any person who benefits under a Will.

Chattels - Personal belongings like pictures, jewellery, cars and even pets.

Codicil - A formal amendment to a Will. Whilst a Codicil may be used, it is best practice to write a new Will to save confusion.

Crown - With no Will and no next of kin, the Crown inherits your Estate.

Devise - A gift of real or immovable property such as land, houses or flats.

Domicile - Usually the country in which you live; however, if you or your parents were born outside England and Wales, or you intend to live permanently outside England and Wales, you should consider taking legal advice.

Donor- The person making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

Estate - Everything you own at the time of your death.

Executor - The person or body responsible for collecting in the deceased's assets, paying any taxes, and distributing the Estate in accordance with the Will. The female form is Executrix.

Guardian - Person appointed by the Will to take over such parental rights as you may have over any child of yours under 18 at your death.

Intestacy/Intestate - Dying without having made a Will. The law then states how your Estate is distributed.

Issue - This means your children, their children and so on all the way down the family tree.

Legacy - Gift of personal or moveable property (including cash, shares etc.) in a Will. Someone who receives a legacy is a legatee.

Letters of Administration - The application to court after someone dies without a Will to prove that the person applying is entitled to administer the Estate and perhaps take a share of it.

Minor- A person under 18 years of age.

Mirror Will - A Will that contains almost identical terms to your Will. Many husbands/wives/partners have Mirror Wills where they have decided upon the same beneficiaries, irrespective of which partner dies first.

Probate - The application to court after someone dies to prove the Will is valid and which results in authority being granted to the Executors via a Grant of Probate after any tax due is paid.

Residuary estate - Everything you own at the time of your death less any legacies or devises you have made, your debts, funeral expenses and costs of winding up your Estate.

Testamentary expenses - The legal costs of winding up your Estate.

Testator - The person making a Will (the female form is testatrix).

Trust - Arrangement by which a person (the Trustee) holds legal ownership of money or property for the benefit of another person.

Trustee - A person to whom an Estate is conveyed on trust for another.

Will - A document conforming to certain legal requirements that sets out what you want to happen to your property and the rest of your Estate upon death.

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