Commonly used terms you may come across when you write your will.
Beneficiary – a person or organisation that will receive a gift in your will
Bequest – a gift you leave in your will to individuals and/or charities
Codicil – a change or addition to your will
Conditional Legacy – A gift subject to the fulfilment of a condition (e.g. ‘if my partner dies before me, I leave the residue of my estate to Age NI’)
Estate – the total sum of your possessions including property and money once debts have been taken into account
Executors – the people you have chosen to carry out the wishes in your will after your death
Intestacy – the legal situation arising if you die without a valid will
Legatee – a person or charity who receives a gift in your will
Pecuniary Legacy – a specific amount of money left as a gift in your will
Probate – the legal procedure that establishes that a will and codicil are valid
Residuary Legacy –a proportion of the remainder of your estate
Reversionary – a gift that passes to a named beneficiary after the death of everybody with a life interest in the estate
Specific Legacy – a particular named item left as a gift in your will
Testator – the person making a will
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Writing a will is an important step towards making sure your plans can be put into action and your wishes are respected.
How to include a gift in your Will
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