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transfer tax

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A tax imposed on the transfer of the property; by will, inheritance, or gift.

assets passing by survivorship

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Where assets are held in joint names, they will often pass to the survivor automatically rather than through the will, and are excluded from the value of assets for probate purposes. Properties (real ...

beneficiary

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A person who derives advantage from something, for example a trust, will, or life insurance policy.

abatement

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A pro rata reduction applied amongst beneficiaries or creditors if there is insufficient money to satisfy specific bequests or debts.

attestation

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The process of bearing witness to a signature.

chattels

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An item of property other than real estate (ie bricks and mortar property). Examples are clothes, furniture and jewellery.

codicil

Legal services; Wills & probate

A legal document that amends (rather than replaces) a previous will.  These may add or replace small provisions (e.g. a change in executor) or may completely change the majority of the will. It must ...

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