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Definition - What does Testate mean?

Testate refers to a person who left a will before he or she passed away. It can also refer to things that are dictated by the terms of a will. For example, testate succession refers to items in a will being given out to beneficiaries as per the terms of a will.

Justipedia explains Testate

There are many items in a will that can qualify for testate succession. For example, a person may leave behind cash, artwork, furniture, vehicles, property, etc. The will dictates the testate succession. One person may choose to leave behind many items to family members, whereas another may wish to give many items to friends, or to charity. Testate is the opposite of intestate. Intestate means that the person did not leave behind a will. In such circumstances, items will be distributed differently.

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