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. [ [http://dictionary.law.com/default2.asp?typed=testator&type=1&submit1.x=72&submit1.y=6 Law dictionary on line] ] It is any "person who makes a will."Gordon Brown, "Administration of Wills, Trusts, and Estates", 3d ed. (2003), p. 556. ISBN: 0-7668-5281-4.]

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.


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