• Beneficiary: A person who will benefit or receive something under a Will.
  • Bequest: A gift of a specific item or items to a certain person, group of people or organization.
  • Codicil: A written statement made by a testator (the person making a Will) which alters the Will in some way. It is a legal document which must be kept as one with the original Will. It is wiser to completely rewrite a Will rather than use a codicil to change it.
  • De Facto Relationship: Two people living together in an unmarried state.
  • Estate: The total of the assets (property, money and all other possessions) a person leaves behind on death.
  • Devise: A gift of land (this includes all buildings and anything else permanently attached to the land). It is similar to a bequest except that it relates specifically to land and what is attached to it.
  • Execution: The act of signing a Will.
  • Executor: A person or persons who distribute the estate in accordance with a Will after the death of the testator (the person who made the Will. An executor is sometimes referred to as a Personal Representative. A female executor may be called an executrix. A beneficiary under a Will can be appointed as executor/executrix of the same Will.
  • Intestate/Intestacy: If a person dies without making a Will or leaves a Will which is wholly or partly invalid then that person is said to have died completely or partially intestate.
  • Legacy: A gift of money to a certain person, group of people or organization.
  • Minor: A male or female under that age of 18 years.
  • Residuary: The remainder of your estate after a legacy, bequest and devise has been given away.
  • Testator: The person making the Will. A female testator may be called a testatrix.
  • Valid: Means legally effective
  • Will: A document (or collection of documents) by which a person (the testator/testatrix) disposes of his or her estate. It takes effect only on the death of the testator/testatrix.
  • Witness/Attesting Witness: There must be two witnesses to you signing your Will - no more or no less than two witnesses. They are required to sign in the presence of each other and in the presence of the testator/testatrix V after they have seen the testator/testatrix sign. They sign at the foot or end of a Will.

A beneficiary under a Will should not act as a witness for the same Will, nor should his or her spouse. A translator or interpreter (or his or her spouse) should not act as a witness. The expression "spouse" can include heterosexual legal spouse, heterosexual de facto spouse and same sex de factor spouse.