Administrator Person authorised by the court to
administer the estate of someone who dies without making a will.
Administratrix Female version of administrator.
Affidavit A statement which is confirmed by
oath or affirmation.
Animus testandi The intention to create a will.
Assets passing by Assets in joint names, such as bank
survivorship accounts, that pass automatically
to one owner on the death of the other and not by his will.
Attestation The clause in a will confirming that
the will was signed by the testator in the presence of witnesses.
Beneficiary Person who benefits under a will or
under the intestacy rules.
Codicil Document changing some aspect of
the will but leaving the rest intact.
En ventre sa mere A child as yet unborn.
Estate The assets and liabilities left by the
Executor Person appointed by will to
administer a deceased person's estate.