testamentary capacity
testamentary capacity n: the capacity in executing a will to understand the nature and extent of one's property and how one is disposing of it and to recognize the natural objects of one's bounty

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

testamentary capacity
n.
The mental ability required to compose and execute a valid will, i.e., the ability to understand who one is, what one owns, and what the will will do.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


testamentary capacity
The mental competency to execute a will at the time the will was signed and witnessed. Generally, the will maker must understand nature of making a will, have a general idea of what he or she possesses, and know who his beneficiaries are.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


testamentary capacity
The legal ability to make a will.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

testamentary capacity
n.
   having the mental competency to execute a will at the time the will was signed and witnessed. To have testamentary capacity, the author of the will must understand the nature of making a will, have a general idea of what he/she possesses, and know who are members of the immediate family or other "natural objects of his/her bounty." Inherent in that capacity is the ability to resist the pressures or domination of any person who may try to use undue influence on the distribution of the testator's (will writer's) estate.
   See also: competent, undue influence, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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