a: mental powers manifested as wishing, choosing, desiring, or intending
b: a disposition to act according to principles or ends
c: the collective desire of a group <the will of the people>
: the power of control over one's own actions or emotions <a man of iron will>
: a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death; especially: a written instrument legally executed by which a person makes disposition of his or her estate to take effect after death
— at will
: as one wishes : as or when it pleases or suits oneself
In law, a formal declaration, usually in the form of an executed document, of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after death. It is valid if it meets the formalities of the law, which usually requires that it be witnessed. It may be considered invalid if, among other instances, the testator was mentally incapable of disposing of his or her property, if it imposes unreasonable or cruel demands as a condition of inheritance, or if the testator did not have clear title to the bequeathed assets. Any party who contests a will must bring the claim within a time specified by statute and must bear the burden of proof in demonstrating that the will is faulty. See alsoprobate.