animus testandi

animus testandi

‘the intention of making a will’.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

ANIMUS TESTANDI. An intention to make a testament or will. This is required to make a valid will; for whatever form may have been adopted, if there was no animus testandi, there can be no will. An idiot for example, can make no will, because he has no intention.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.