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.
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.
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In his last will and testament, dated March 25, 1616 (about one month before his death), William Shakespeare bequeathed his "second-best" bed to his wife.