A
Administrators
Where Will does not appoint executors or there is no Will the court will appoint administrators to deal with the estate
Attestation clause
Clause at the end of the Will reciting the requirements for execution of a Will
B
Bequest/legacy
A gift of personal property or money in a Will
C
Codicil
A supplemental Will
D
Devise
A gift of land
E
Executor
Person appointed by Will to get in the assets of the testator, to pay the debts of the testator, and then distribute the assets to those entitled under the Will
G
Grant of Letters of Administration
Grant by the court when there are no Executors. The Grant confers authority on Administrators
Grant of Probate
Confirmation by the court that a Will is valid and the appointment of the Executors
I
Intestacy
No valid Will
J
Joint tenants or tenants in common
Two forms of co-ownership recognized by English Law
P
Partial Intestacy
There is a Will but it does not dispose of all of the property of the deceased
Pecuniary Legacy
A gift of money
Personal Representatives
Collective name for executors and administrators
R
Residue or Residuary estate
A gift of anything left
S
Specific gift
A gift of assets distinguished from other property
T
Testator/testatrix
Person who makes a Will
Trust
This is where persons are appointed as trustees to hold assets for the benefit of others or possibly themselves
W
Will
A document intended to take effect on death