Testamentary Capacity

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Meaning of Testamentary Capacity

The testator is said to have testamentary capacity if he is able to understand the nature of the act and its effects , the extent of the property he is disposing of, to comprehend and appreciate the claims to which he should give effect ; if he has such memory and apprehension as to be able to carry in mind and appreciate the extent and nature of his estate and the person who normally should be the objects of his bounty. He should be of reasonably sound mind , memory and understanding. See In re Nigro’s Estate, 52 Cal. Rptr. 128, 243 C.A.2d 152.

Testamentary Capacity Alternative Definition

Mental capacity sufficient to make a valid wilL

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Meaning of Testamentary Capacity in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Testamentary Capacity published by the National Association for Court Management: The legal ability to make a will.







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