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Estate Terminology

The following are a list of terms related to wills, trusts and estate matters:

  • Administrator – the individual who administrates in the intestate estate. This is the estate of someone who dies without a will.
  • Beneficiary – someone who receives assets under a will.
  • Bequest – the technical name for a gift received in a will.
  • Codicil – this is an amendment to a will.
  • Decedent – this is the person who died.
  • Devise – this is a gift someone receives under a will.
  • Executor / Executrix – this is the name given to the individual who handles the disposition of an estate. The executor is named by the testator (the person who creates a will).
  • Intestate – this is a person who dies without a will.
  • Probate – this is the legal process wherein the estate of an individual who dies with a will is settled.
  • Testator – this is the name of the individual who has a will prepared for him or her.
With offices throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Queens and Nassau counties, the Law Offices of Elliot S. Schlissel represents individuals, parents and grandparents in estate planning and elder law matters throughout the New York City area.