Some terms found in wills
- man appointed by court
to handle estate of intestate, or if no
executor named in will, or if executor
is under 21 or dead, mad or abroad.
- At her own dispose,absolutely
- she may
sell, give away or leave by will.
- promise to carry out will and
produce inventory or pay named sum,
twice value of estate as estimated.
- often = stepbrother or
- legitimate only, unless
- perpetual tenancy under Lord
of Manor. Can be sold or bequeathed but
normally passes to eldest son. Reverts
to Lord on intestacy with no male
- any relative other than brother,
uncle, parent, etc. Often = nephew or
- Cousin german
- first cousin.
- state of being married (for
women only),without independent powers.
- widow's entitlement to estate.
- sum given to daughter on
- man/woman appointed
by testator to carry out provisions of
- often stepfather.
- Fee simple
- freehold, can be sold, not
entailed or subject to reversions.
- Fee tail, entail (tail male)
held for life with reversion to named
- Free bench
- widow's share of copyhold
- Heirs of the body
- legitimate children.
- Heirs male
- sons, grandsons or other
- anyone inheriting or due to
inherit property by will or remainder.
- Heirs general, right heirs
- male of
female heirs able to inherit under
- Heirs and assigns
- heirs or persons
given rights over property (eg, under
- dying leaving property but
- provision made by will or
settlement for wife/widow by husband.
- large house.
- may mean stepmother.
- "My terme (of yeares)"
- the rest of my
lease of property (unexpired).
- Of the half blood
- with one parent in
- Own brother
- one sharing the same
father and mother.
- Partial intestacy
- incomplete will.
- acceptance of a will as
legally made by testator (before
disposal of assets).
- Put into hotchpot
- include money
advanced before death to a child in
- widow of the deceased.
- Remainder, reversion
- legacy which
takes effect after some other event
(eg, death of the previous holder of
property) or in certain circumstances
(eg, failure to pay money)
- holder not usually person
- holding, residence (not a
- Testator, testatrix
- man or woman
- widow's share of whole.
- "When he comes of age"
- reaches 21 or
other age at which legacy is payable.
RFM Revised 9/98