Definition - What does Will mean?

A will is a legal document that is outlined by a person in their lifetime which states how they wish their assets to be dealt with upon their death. A normal will includes provisions for the spouse to inherit as well as the children. Each will is different and specific to the desires of the person; a copy is held on file with an attorney or lodged in the court so that there is no dispute about the split of property between potential inheritors.The requirements of a valid will vary from state to state.

Justipedia explains Will

A will is valid as long as it is written while the person is in their sound mind (compus mentus). They must also be at least 18 years of age unless they are in the military. If a person does not have control over their mind, a will that is written by them may not be upheld in a court of law. A will allows for the person to leave anyone their assets. They can be left to family, friends, strangers, or donated to charity.

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