Testator is the legal term to describe a person who created and executed a Last Will and Testament before their death.
This is in contrast to a person who did not have a will at the time of their death, also known as having died "Intestate".
Testators have the right to revoke or amend their will at any time as long as they are mentally competent. Changes to the will can be made through additions or modifications, also known as Codicils, or by creating an entirely new will.
It is advisable to work with an Estate Attorney when creating a will to ensure that it is drafted correctly, complies with legal requirements, and accurately reflects their intentions.
Important Here are the key aspects of a testator in estate administration:
Executor Appointment: In their will, the testator may also appoints an Executor, the person responsible for administering the estate and ensuring the instructions in the will are carried out.
Legal Formality: The testator's will must meet legal requirements and formalities to be considered valid. These can vary by jurisdiction but typically include signing the will in the presence of witnesses.