last will and testament


last will and testament
n.
A will; the most recent will created by a deceased person; traditionally, the word “will” referred to the disposition of real property and the word “testament” to the disposition of personal property.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


last will and testament
An old-fashioned term for what is now usually called just a "will," which is a document in which you state who should inherit your property, direct how to pay debts and taxes, and name a guardian for your minor children in case one is ever needed.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

last will and testament
n.
   a fancy and redundant way of saying "will." Lawyers and clients like the formal resonance of the language. Will and testament mean the same thing. A document will be the "last" will if the maker of it dies before writing another one.
   See also: will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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