Beneficiary: A person who inherits when there is a Will.
Custodian of the Will: The person who has the Will when the person who wrote the Will dies.
Decedent (or deceased): The person who died.
Decedentís estate: All the property (real or personal) that a person owned at the time of death.
Executor: A person named in a Will and appointed by the Court to carry out the dead personís wishes.
Heir: A person who inherits when there is no Will.
Intestate: When someone dies without leaving a Will.
Intestate succession: The order of who inherits the property when someone dies without a Will.
Legatees, or devisees: People who are named in a Will.
Personal property: Things like cash, stocks, jewelry, clothing, furniture, or cars.
Personal representative (or administrator or executor): The person responsible for overseeing the distribution of the estate.
Probate: The process of deciding where, how, and to whom to distribute the decedentís property.
Real property: Buildings and land.
Testate: When someone dies leaving a Will.
Trust: When one person (trustee) holds property at another personís (settlorís) request for the benefit of someone else (the beneficiary).
Will: A legal paper that lists a personís wishes about what will happen to his/her property after death
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