ADMINISTRATION(also known as Personal Representative) Person appointed by the court to manage and distribute the estate of a person who dies without a Will.
BENEFICIARYA person named to receive property or benefits.
BEQUESTA gift of personal property by a Will.
BEQUEATHTo dispose of personal property through a Will.
CAVEATA formal Notice filed with the Surrogate’s Court by someone to prevent the proving of a Will or the grant of administration of an estate.
CIVIL UNION PARTNERA person entered into a legally recognized union of the same sex who receives the same benefits and protection and is subject to the same responsibilities as spouses in a marriage.
CODICILAn addition or supplement made to delete or add to provisions of a Will.
CONTINGENT BENEFICIARYA recipient of property or benefits if first named beneficiary dies before receiving all benefits.
CONTRACTA legally enforceable agreement.
DECEDENTA deceased person.
DEVISEA gift of real or personal property made by Will.
A person who is in a registered domestic partnership recognized by certification with the State of New Jersey.
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ESTATEEverything a person owns, all real and personal property.
EXECUTOR(Also known as Personal Representative) A person or institution named in the Will to carry out the provisions and directions of the Will.
GUARDIANA person who has qualified and/or been appointed as a guardian of the person and/or property of a minor or adult incapacitated person.
A person who inherits property from a deceased person.
INTANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY
A property that lacks physical evidence.
INTESTATEWhen a person dies without a valid Will.
JOINT TENANCY WITH RIGHTS OF SURVIVORSHIPTwo or more persons owning real property where the survivor will inherit the property.
LEGATEEA person who receives a gift under a Will.
LEVIEDTo collect by assessment.
LIENA charge upon property, real or personal for the satisfaction of a debt.
NOTICE OF PROBATEA notice in writing signed by the Executor of the Will to all beneficiaries under the Will and to those who would have inherited under the intestacy rule that the Will has been probated, the place and date of the probate, the name and address of the Executor and a statement that a copy of the Will shall be furnished upon request.
PERSONAL PROPERTYIntangible property, such as stocks, bonds, or bank accounts and tangible property such as furniture, automobiles and jewelry.
PROBATEJudicial determination as to the validity of the Will.
REAL PROPERTYLand and/or buildings.
SHORT CERTIFICATELegal document issued by the Surrogate’s Court to the Executor or Administrator of an estate that is used as proof of his/her authority to transfer or sell assets of the deceased.
The elected county official who oversees probate administrations and affidavits in the State of New Jersey.
TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY
Personal property that can be seen, received, felt or touched or is in any way perceptible to the senses.