Any person declaring his will is called a Testator. Basically it is a means of legally defining, who will inherit the property after his death. Language can be simple, but intention has to be clear in writing. It must be signed by atleast 2 witnesses. Will does not have to be registered, but it is good if you can register. You can change your will at any time. You can revoke your will at any time, with/ without making a fresh will, but must be done in a proper way with signature of testator. A supplement to the will (called ‘codicil’) can be made, but has to be also signed by 2 witnesses.

Since the will is an extremely personal document, the next step is to make a list of all the beneficiaries, after due thought. Also, make a decision on who should be the Executor. After the testator passes away, it is the responsibility of the Executor to obtain the probate from the court and distribute the estate as per the wishes of the testator as per the will. Drafting the actual will requires you to use very specific and clear language. For example, even if property is jointly owned, be specific and say that survivor will become the sole owner after me.

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