Glossary Oxford

What do terms mean?

Here we explain the terms used in will writing without jargon so you can easily understand everything.

Here Is Our Glossary Oxford

Creating a will requires familiarity with legal terminology, which can initially feel overwhelming. By understanding the meanings of commonly used words and terms, you will be better equipped to navigate the important process of drafting a will. Our goal is to provide you with unique and engaging content to assist you every step of the way.

Administrator

This is somebody who manages the financial affairs of the deceased where there is no Will.

Normally the administrator is someone who is the next of kin.

Asset

This can be anything you own that is of value. This can include property.

Beneficiary/Beneficiaries

Those who have been left money or other benefits in a Will.

Bequest

A gift made in a Will to an individual or body.

Children

The children of the deceased. This means illegitimate and adopted children but not stepchildren unless the Will includes provision for them.

Codicil

This is a legal document that alters or adds to an existing Will and therefore needs to be kept with it. Like a Will Oxford, it also has to be witnessed.

Executor

Whether it be an individual or an esteemed institution such as a bank or solicitor, the deceased has entrusted them with the responsibility of handling their financial matters as per their Will. Rest assured, their expertise and dedication will ensure a smooth transition and proper management of the deceased’s affairs.
 

Grant of Probate:

This is the authority from the Court for the Executor to manage the financial affairs of the deceased.
 

Guardian

Our service enables individuals to make crucial arrangements in their Will, including the appointment of a guardian for their children. The assigned guardian is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing and caring for the affairs of the deceased’s children. With our support, you can ensure that your loved ones are well-taken care of and their future is in good hands.
 

Inheritance Tax

This involves paying tax on the value of an estate that is above a particular threshold.
 

Intestacy

If the deceased dies without making a will then he or she are said to have died intestate. This means that allocation of the estate is done according to an agreed set of rules.
 

Legacy

This is a person or organisation to whom you leave a gift in your Will Oxford.
 

Letters of administration:

These are official documents from the court which confirm the person’s appointment as the administrator of the estate.
 

Life Interest:

This is a gift that allows a person or persons to receive either the income from an asset or the right to stay in a property for the duration of their life.
 

Personal Chattels

Unlike money or property, these are the personal effects of the deceased.
 

Probate

This is the legal process that needs to be followed after someone dies to ensure that the Will is valid. It gives the executors the power to deal with the estate.
 

Probate Registry Oxford:

This is a part of the Courts service that looks after the Wills and estates of those who have died.
 

Property

Anything which the deceased owned.
 

Residue

After all the debts, specific bequests and legacies have been paid this is what is left of the estate to be shared out.
 

Schedule

This is a list of all of the assets included in a trust or Will.
 

Testator

This is the person who has made the Will.
 

Trust

This is an arrangement that allows trustees to own and manage property on behalf of someone else.
 

Will

This is a legal document that defines what the deceased wants to happen to their estate after they die.
Witnesses
These are two people who are independent and do not benefit from the Will. Their role is to sign the Will to confirm that they have seen the Testator signing it.

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