Glossary and Definitions of Terms Used on This Page for NJ Estate Administration and Probate

Vocabulary words have meaning both in life and in the law. Below I have listed the most frequent terms used on this website and what each word means. The terms are listed in alphabetical order. I am certain this glossary will be of assistance to you in your reading.

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Administrator:  A person appointed by the court to manage and distribute the estate of a person who dies without a Will in New Jersey.

Caveat: A formal notice given by someone to prevent the proving of a Will or the grant of administration of an estate.

Codicil: An addition, supplement, or change to an original Will.

Estate: All property and possessions owned by a person.

Executor/Executrix: The person named in a Will to carry out the intentions expressed in the Will.

Guardian: One entrusted by the laws of New Jersey with the care of a minor or mental incompetent of their property.

Intestate: When someone dies without a Will in New Jersey.

Intestate Succession: The New Jersey statutory priority of distribution of an Estate without a Will.

Personal Property: Both intangible possessions, such as stocks, bonds, or bank accounts, and tangible property, like a car, furniture and personal effects.

New Jersey Probate: Official proof of authenticity and/or validity of a Will issued by the County Surrogate of NJ.

Real Property: Land or buildings.

Testator/Testatrix: Person making a Will

Will: A legal declaration of the way in which a person wishes his or her estate to be distributed after death.

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

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Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey Estate Administration and Probate Attorney

Estate Administration and Probate Attorney serving these New Jersey Counties:

Monmouth County, Ocean County, Essex County, Cape May County, Camden County, Mercer County, Middlesex County,
Bergen County, Morris County, Burlington County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Passaic County