In the law, a will or testament is a document
by which a person (the testator) regulates the
rights of others over his property or family after
death. For the devolution of property not disposed
of by will, see inheritance and intestacy. In
the strictest sense, "will" is a general
term, while "testament" applies only
to dispositions of personal property (this distinction
is seldom observed). A will is also used as the
instrument in a trust.
Probate is the legal process of settling the estate
of a deceased person; specifically, distributing
the decedent's property.
In England and Wales, Ireland (N. and Eire) and
Commonwealth countries, probate is obtained by
executors of a will while Letters of Administration
are granted where there are no executors.
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