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see New TestamentNew Testament,
the distinctively Christian portion of the Bible, consisting of 27 books of varying lengths dating from the earliest Christian period. The seven epistles whose authorship by St. Paul is undisputed were written c.A.D. 50–A.D.
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; Old TestamentOld Testament,
Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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; willwill,
in law, document expressing the wishes of a person (known as a testator) concerning the disposition of her property after her death. If a person dies intestate, i.e.
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1. Law a will setting out the disposition of personal property (esp in the phrase last will and testament)
a. a covenant instituted between God and man, esp the covenant of Moses or that instituted by Christ
b. a copy of either the Old or the New Testament, or of the complete Bible


1. either of the two main parts of the Bible; the Old Testament or the New Testament
2. the New Testament as distinct from the Old
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Spenlow, 'having experience of what we see, in the Commons here, every day, of the various unaccountable and negligent proceedings of men, in respect of their testamentary arrangements - of all subjects, the one on which perhaps the strangest revelations of human inconsistency are to be met with - but that mine are made?'
He had never so much as thought of making one, so far as his papers afforded any evidence; for there was no kind of hint, sketch, or memorandum, of any testamentary intention whatever.
Lastly, to put all the elements of this affair before you, here is the testamentary letter itself, superscrived by the own hand of our departed brother."
It nevertheless affirmed the circuit court's dismissal of the claim against the Boardman law firm because the children failed to demonstrate that the firm's alleged negligent administration of their father's estate thwarted their father's clear testamentary intent.
If the testator's testamentary actions were kept secret from family members, evidence should be introduced to establish that such nondisclosure was at the express and specific direction of the testator.
Oehler Testamentary Trust has awarded over $700,000.00 in scholarships to graduates of Grayslake Community High School District 127.
Where a trust beneficiary challenged the validity of a trust amendment, and the probate court found that the beneficiary lacked standing to proceed with his challenge because he violated the amendment's no-contest clause, which forfeited his interest in the trust, the judgment is reversed and remanded because the probate court was required to first resolve the issue of the executor's testamentary capacity to execute the amendment.
Probing the analogy between the conditions of performance and the structure of testamentary action, Gary Watt's book offers an original, minutely researched, and provocative thesis.
This allows individuals to have testamentary freedom to dispose their assets as they wish by aid of a simple probate process before the DIFC courts.
Regional banks are now selling so-called testamentary substitute trusts, an inheritance product that helps to quickly unlock funds when an estate holder dies.
However, there are limits to the extent to which the courts will apply public policy considerations to private testamentary dispositions, which are gifts of property made in a will.
Among the detailed discussions are the succession of human beings and of legal entities, the clear and personal expression of intention, the revocation of contracts with testamentary provision, and transactions concerning future succession rights.