A will is a declaration made by a person during his lifetime, of his intention concerning disposal of his property after his death. In relation to wills:
- Ambulatory: a will is said to be ambulatory in that it only speaks after death. It distributes a person’s property in death.
- Revocability: a will is revocable by the testor at any time when he has capacity to make it.
- Capacity: for a will to be legally valid the testator must have had the requisite capacity. Thus, not every person can make a will.
- Formalities: the validity of an oral or written will is dependent upon compliance with the formalities prescribed by law.