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A Last Will & Testament coveyed by word of mouth in 1782.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am trying to determine what legal term for a Last Will & Testament that was conveyed by word of mouth in 1782.  I have a copy of a letter from New Hampshire in which the deceased had previoulsy conveyed his estate in front of two witnesses.  But the state did not approve it the verbal will.

 

Answer:  This type of probate is referred to as a "nuncupative will".  In the case where a written will is not present, and is conveyed by word of mouth. 


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