last will and testament


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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: will)

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POAs cease upon the death of the principal, at which time the last will and testament takes over the affairs of the deceased.
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