Glossary

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  • Administrator
  • The person appointed to settle the financial affairs of the deceased, winding up the estate and distributing the assets as prescribed by law.
  • Beneficiary
  • The person receiving an inheritance from the estate of a deceased person.
  • Bona Vacantia
  • Bona Vacantia means 'vacant goods', i.e. ownerless property that is destined to go to the Crown.
  • Estate
  • The financial affairs of the deceased.
  • Grant of Administration
  • The formal procedure by which an administrator is appointed. It proves the administrator's authority to access any funds held in the deceased name.
  • Intestacy/ intestate
  • The situation when a person has died without making a will.
  • Legatee
  • A named beneficiary in a will.
  • Probate Genealogy
  • The research involved in locating and identifying the next-of-kin of a deceased person: colloquially referred to as 'heir hunting'.
  • Residuary
  • A person entitled to share in the 'residue' of an estate. Usually worded as 'the remainder of my estate I give upon trust to the following person(s)...'
  • Residuary Heir
  • Another term for beneficiary.
  • Testator/Testatrix
  • The Male/Female that has left a valid will.
  • Will
  • The instructions left as to the distribution of the deceased's estate.
  • Administrator
  • The person appointed to settle the financial affairs of the deceased, winding up the estate and distributing the assets as prescribed by law.
  • Beneficiary
  • The person receiving an inheritance from the estate of a deceased person.
  • Bona Vacantia
  • Bona Vacantia means 'vacant goods', i.e. ownerless property that is destined to go to the Crown.
  • Estate
  • The financial affairs of the deceased.
  • Grant of Administration
  • The formal procedure by which an administrator is appointed. It proves the administrator's authority to access any funds held in the deceased name.
  • Intestacy/ intestate
  • The situation when a person has died without making a will.
  • Legatee
  • A named beneficiary in a will.
  • Probate Genealogy
  • The research involved in locating and identifying the next-of-kin of a deceased person: colloquially referred to as 'heir hunting'.
  • Residuary
  • A person entitled to share in the 'residue' of an estate. Usually worded as 'the remainder of my estate I give upon trust to the following person(s)...'
  • Residuary Heir
  • Another term for beneficiary.
  • Testator/Testatrix
  • The Male/Female that has left a valid will.
  • Will
  • The instructions left as to the distribution of the deceased's estate.
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