testatrix n : a female testator
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. It is any "person who makes a will."
- 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.