Learn about the definitions and terms used in Probate

by Robert A. Ray



A list of the most common terms used in probate.


Information to better inform you about Texas probate.


Things that may be important in a Texas probate.

Probate Definitions

Definitions used in probate and inheritance disputes that visitors to this site will surely find understandable.

Probate terms

The terms used in law during the probate process can be confusing if you are not familiar with them. Things like the difference between an executor and an administrator or muniment of title. This glossary will define the terms so that you know their meaning in relationship to the probate process.

Definition of Testator or testatrix

A testator is a person who makes a valid will. A will is the document through which a deceased person disposes of his property. A person who dies without having made a will is said to have died intestate. FreeDictionary.Com. By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney....

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Definition of Putative Spouse in Texas

A putative spouse is one who has a good faith belief that he or she is married but who is not legally married. An example will give a clearer picture. A man and a woman get married either through a formal marriage or an informal, or common law, marriage. They live...

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Definition of Fiduciary in Texas

A person who has the power and obligation to act for another (often called the beneficiary) under circumstances which require total trust, good faith and honesty. FreeDictionary.Com.  Fiduciaries can be family members, friends, business associates or anyone who has...

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What is a Settlor or Trustor?

A Settlor, sometimes called a Trustor, is the person who creates and funds a trust and appoints a trustee. By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. If you are concerned about...

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Definition of Pecuniary

Pecuniary means of or relating to money. By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. If you are concerned about Texas inheritance laws, inheritance rights, probate limits, have...

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Definition of Estoppel

Estoppel means that you are not allowed to take a position that is inconsistent with a prior position that you took. You are estopped from taking an inconsistent position. By Robert Ray a Texas inheritance attorney. The foregoing information is general in nature and...

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Learn About Powers of Attorney in Texas

Are all powers of attorney the same?   The short answer is no.  A power of attorney can grant a general power or a special power.  It can be a durable power of attorney or not.  You can also have a power of attorney solely for medical decisions. What do all of these...

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What is a codicil?

Under Texas Inheritance Laws, a codicil is a supplement to a will. It can add to a will, revoke part of a will or explain parts of a will. If you want to make small changes to your will but you don't want to rewrite the whole will, you can make a codicil. A...

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