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Having made a legally valid will before death.

[Middle English, from Latin testātus, past participle of testārī, to make one's will; see testament.]


(ˈtɛsteɪt; ˈtɛstɪt)
(Law) having left a legally valid will at death
(Law) a person who dies testate
[C15: from Latin testārī to make a will; see testament]
testacy n


(ˈtɛs teɪt)

having made and left a valid will.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin testātus, past participle of testārī to bear witness, make a will, derivative of testis witness; see -ate1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.testate - a person who makes a will
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
devisor - someone who devises real property in a will
testatrix - a female testator
Adj.1.testate - having made a legally valid will before death
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
intestate - having made no legally valid will before death or not disposed of by a legal will; "he died intestate"; "intestate property"
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106) The court noted that by statute "net estate [refers to] the property of the decedent passing by testate succession," and this included only property in which the decedent had an interest at his death.
From the Baltic Sea area some information is available on psammic ciliates (Czapik and Fyda, 1992), testate amoebae (Golemansky, 1998), rotifers (Thane-Fenchel, 1968; Sorensen, 2001), and nematodes (Gheskiere et al.
ENGLISH MAN DONATES HIS ORGANS: The 61 year-old UK citizen Stephen Cecil Boulton, who has died due to brain tumor on Sunday in Turkish tourist destination of Bodrum, testate to donate his all organs.
Majority of civil law jurisdictions recognize two major methods of inheritance upon death: by the will (a testate succession) and by operation of law (an intestate succession).
Ollennu, The Law of Testate and Interstate Succession in Ghana, (London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1966).
If a person dies testate, or with a will, most states permit "interested" parties to challenge the will's validity.
Among the most interesting are Baldias immense article synthesising three millennia's worth of archaeological and palaeoclimate data spanning from the Carpathians to Scandinavia; Mitchell on the use of testate amoebae--small, abundant, diverse and fast to respond--as proxies for climate change; and Sumegi et al.
Nigerian law on testate inheritance/succession includes the Wills Act and its Amendments (1837, 1852); The Wills Law Western Nigeria (1987).
1) the name of the decedent, the file number of the estate, the designation and address of the court in which the proceedings are pending, whether the estate is testate or intestate, and, if testate, the date of the will and any codicils;