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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As a minimum, we recommend that each adult have a general power of attorney, a medical health care power of attorney, a living will and a last will and testament.
Once the document is created, amend the affidavit as follows: Following the language in the first paragraph of the affidavit, "signed and executed said instrument as his [or her] last will and testament in the presence and hearing of the witnesses," insert "and that he [or she] stated that said instrument is his [or her] last will and testament" and a comma.
Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Franklin--http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/family/lastwill.html