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Definition: Testator


Quick Summary of Testator

A person who makes a will.

What is the dictionary definition of Testator?

Dictionary Definition

legal One who dies having made a legally valid will.

Full Definition of Testator

A testator is a person who has written and executed a last will and testament that is in effect at the time of his/her death. It is any “person who makes a will.”

Related Terms

  • A female testator is sometimes referred to as a testatrix, particularly in older cases.
  • The adjectival form of the word is testamentary, as in:
  • Testamentary capacity, or mental capacity or ability to execute a will and
  • Testamentary disposition, or gift made in a will (see that article for types).
  • A will is also known as a Last will and testament.
  • Testacy means the status of being testate, that is, having executed a will. The property of such a person goes through the probate process.
  • Intestacy means the status of not having made a will, or to have died without a valid will. The estate of a person who dies intestate, undergoes administration, rather than probate.
  • The Attestation clause of a will is where the witnesses to a will attest to certain facts concerning the making of the will by the testator, and where they sign their names as witnesses.

Synonyms For Testator


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Definition Sources

Definitions for Testator are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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