Mindel Scott

Legal Definition of Willingly

A will is the legal instrument that allows a person, the testator, to make decisions about how their estate will be administered and distributed after their death. At common law, an instrument that had personal property was called a “will,” while a will had real property. Over time, the distinction disappeared, so a will, sometimes called a “will,” has real estate and personal property. Competent testator A competent testator is a person who is of sound mind and elderly at the time the will is written, not at the time of death when it takes effect. Anyone over the age of 18 is legally able to draw up a will as long as they have legal capacity. A person under the minimum age dies without inheritance (regardless of the efforts made to make a will) and his or her property is distributed according to the laws of filiation and distribution. On the other hand, if there is reasonable doubt as to whether a person has acted in good faith and sincerely believes that he or she is exempt by law [e.g., withholding tax], then he or she did not intentionally breach a known legal obligation, i.e., he or she did not act “intentionally”. Sometimes the revocation is made ipso jure, as in the case of marriage, divorce, the birth of a child or the sale of property drawn up in the will, which automatically changes the legal obligations of the testator. Many states provide that if a testator and a spouse have divorced, but the testator`s will has not been amended since the change of marital status, any provision in favour of the former spouse will be revoked. Thus, if the acts constituting a crime were committed voluntarily by someone in intentional violation of a known legal obligation, that is, with the specific intention of doing something that the law prohibits, then the element of “intentionality” is met, even if the person may have believed that his or her [religious, political or moral] conduct was necessary.

or that something good would ultimately result from such behavior. There is no precise definition of the term intentionally, as its meaning depends largely on the context in which it appears. This usually means a sense of the intentional versus the unintentional, the intentional versus the unexpected, and the voluntary versus the forced. After centuries of court cases, it has no single meaning, either as an adjective (intentional) or as an adverb (intentional). A valid will can only exist if there are three essential elements. First of all, there must be a competent testator. Second, the act purporting to be a will must satisfy the enforcement requirements of the laws, often referred to as the statute of wills, which are intended to ensure that the act is not fraud, but an honest expression of the testator`s intention. Third, it must be clear that the testator intended the document to produce the legal effect of a will.

When billionaire Howard Hughes died in 1976, it seemed he had left no will. Lawyers and executives in Hughes` company began an intense search for a will, while speculation arose that Hughes left a holograph (manuscript) will. A lawyer publicly stated that Hughes questioned him about the legality of a holograph will. Several states have laws that relax the requirements for enforcing the wills of soldiers and sailors during active military service or at sea. In these situations, a testator`s oral or handwritten will may transfer personal property. When such wills are recognized, the statutes often stipulate that they are only valid for a certain period after the end of the testator`s service. In other cases, however, the will remains valid. A will is ambulatory, which means that a competent testator can amend or revoke it at any time before his death. Revocation of a will occurs when a person who has made a will takes steps to indicate that they no longer want its provisions to be binding and that the law stands by their decision. A spouse can usually waive his or her statutory rights to a share or optional dowry or guarantee, surrender, release or deduct them either by a marriage contract (also known as a marriage contract) or by a post-nuptial agreement, if this is fair and done with full knowledge of all the relevant facts. These agreements must be made in writing.

A document by which a person determines the method to be used in the administration and division of his or her estate after his or her death. Investigators found that Dummar had consulted a library copy of a book called The Hoax, which told the story of Clifford Irving`s falsification of an “autobiography” of Hughes. The book contained examples of Hughes` writing. Document examiners showed that Hughes` handwriting had changed before the Mormon will was supposed to be written. In addition, the examiners concluded that the will was a gross forgery. Yet it took a seven-month process and millions of dollars from the Hughes estate to prove that the will was a forgery. In the end, the court ruled that the will was a forgery. Signature A must be signed by the testator. Any character, such as an X, zero, checkmark or name, intended by a competent testator as a signature to authenticate the will is a valid signature. Some states allow another person to sign a will for a testator at the instruction or request of the testator or with the testator`s consent. A valid will was never found.

Dummar`s story later became the subject of the feature film Melvin and Howard in 1980. The term “intentional” means nothing more than the fact that the prohibited act was committed intentionally and knowingly, and does not require proof of malicious intent. McClanahan v. United States, 230 F.2d 919, 924 (5th Cir. 1955), cert. denied, 352 U.S. 824 (1956); McBride v. United States, 225 F.2d 249, 255 (5th Cir. 1955), cert. denied, 350 U.S. 934 (1956). An act is committed “intentionally” when it is done voluntarily and intentionally and with the specific intent to do something that the law prohibits.

It is not necessary for the government to show bad intent on the part of a defendant to prove that the act was committed “deliberately.” See generally United States v. Gregg, 612 F.2d 43, 50-51 (2d cir. 1979); American Surety Company v. Sullivan, 7 F.2d 605, 606 (2d Cir. 1925)(Hand, J.); United States v. Peltz, 433 F.2d 48, 54-55 (2d Cir. 1970), cert. denied, 401 U.S.

955 (1971) (including 15 U.S.C. § 32(a)). See also 1 E. Devitt, C. Blackmar, M. Wolff & K. O`Malley, Federal Jury Practice and Instructions, § 17.05 (1992). The community of property system generally treats husband and wife as co-owners of property acquired by one of them during the marriage. In the event of the death of a survivor, the surviving dependant is entitled to half of the property, and the remainder passes according to the will of the deceased. The two types of fraud are enforcement fraud and instigation fraud. If a person is deceived by another person about the nature or content of the document he signs, he becomes a victim of fraud in enforcement. Enforcement fraud includes a situation where the contents of the will are knowingly misrepresented to the testator by someone who will benefit from the misrepresentation.

Statements made by a person at or near the time when he intentionally destroys his will by burning, maiming or tearing it up clearly show his intention to revoke it. A person has testamentary capacity (common sense) if he is able to understand the nature and extent of his property, the natural objects of his premium (to which he wishes to bequeath the estate) and the nature of the testamentary act (the distribution of his property after his death). He must also understand how these elements are related in order to be able to express the method of disposal of the assets. Voluntarily and intentionally, with the specific intention of doing something; Willfully and intentionally aiding or advising someone to do something that the person knows is disobeying or disobeying the law. A person does not act “intentionally” if he or she acts in good faith because of a misunderstanding of the requirements of the law. Questions of undue influence usually arise when a will unfairly treats persons believed to be the natural objects of the testator`s premium. However, undue influence is not justified by the unequal treatment of the provisions of the will, as this would affect the testator`s ability to dispose of the property at will. Examples of undue influence are threats of violence or criminal prosecution against the testator or the threat to abandon a sick testator. The prohibition in 18 U.S.C.

§ 1001 requires that the misrepresentation, concealment, or concealment be “knowingly and intentionally,” meaning that “the testimony must have been given with intent to deceive, an intent to induce or mislead belief in falsehood, but Section 1001 does not require intent to deceive — that is, the intent to hide something from someone by deceiving them.” United States v. Lichenstein, 610 F.2d 1272, 1276-77 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 447 U.S. 907 (1980). The government can prove that a false statement was made “knowingly and intentionally” by proving that the defendants acted intentionally and knowing that the statement was false. See United States v. Hopkins, 916 F.2d 207, 214 (5th Cir. 1990). The jury could conclude from a plan of elaborate lies and half-truths that the defendants deliberately provided the government with information they knew to be false.