The legally enforceable writtendeclaration of a person's intended distribution of property after death.
execution of a valid will
The acts of the testator who writes and signs the will and the tow or more witnesses who attest and sign it to establish the will's validity
A completely hadwritten, signed, and usually dated will that often requires no witnesses.
A person who is entitled to receive property under a will or to a whom the decendent's property is given or distributed.
The court that has jurisdiction over the handling or administration of a decedent and the distribution of the property; also called Chancery, Surrogate's or Orphans' Court
The person who is appointed by the probate court to manage the estate of the decedent and either distribute the estate assets according to a will or a state's intestate succession status when there is no will.
The man or woman named in the will to carry out its provisions, i.e., adminster the decedent's estate
The man or woman appointed by the probate court to administer the decedent's estate when there is no will.
A person, including a spouse, who is entitled by statute to the property of an intestate.or in a decedent's will.
A person who is entitled to share in the distribution of an estate of a decedent who dies interstate, or as defined by the UPC, any person who has received property of a decedent from personal representative other than a creditor or purchaser.
next of kin
The nearest blood relatives of the decedent, or those who would inherit from a decedent who died interstate, whether or not they are blood relatives, e.g., a spouse.
Uniform Probate Code (UPC)
A uniform law available for adoption by the states to modernize and improve the efficiency of the administration of a decedent's estate.
As an adjective, meaning "without a will"; as a noun, meaning a person who dies without a valid will.
As an adjective, having made a valid will; as a nound, one, either a man or a woman, who makes and/or dies with a valid will.
The spouse's statutory right to choose a share of the decedent spouse's estate instead of inheriting under the provisions of the decedent's will.
A minor or incompetent person placed under the care and supervision of a guardian by the probate court.
The person or institution named by the maker of a will or appointed by the ocurt when there is no will to care for the person and/or property of a minor or a handicapped or incompetent person.
Ownership of real or personal property by two or more persons with the right of survivorship.
tenancy in common
The ownership of an undividied interest of real or personal property by two or more persons without the right of survivorship, which allows each owner's interest to be passed to his or her beneficiaries or heirs upon death.
is a freehold estate limited in duration to the life of the owner or the life of some other designated person or persons
A fidiciary; an individual or trust instituion appointed by a court to care for and manage property of an incompetent person.
guardian ad litem
A person appointed by the court to defend or bring a lawsuit on behalf of a minor or an incompetent person.
A certificate whereby a surety company promises to pay money if the personal representative of a deceased fails to faithfully perform the duties of administering the decedent's estate.
An individual or insurance company that, at the request of a personal representative, agrees to pay money up to the amount of a bond in the event that the personal representative fails to faithfully performs his duties.
The particular place, county or city, where a court having jurisdiciton may hear and decide a case.
The authority by which a particular court is empowered by statute to decied a certain kind of case and to have its decision enforced.
A person authorized by the state whose function is to administer oaths, certify documents and deeds, and attest to the authenticity of signatures.
A statutory procedure that provides for proving of a will without testimony of winesses by an acknowlegement of the testator and with an affidavit of winesses made before a notary public and added to the end of the will.