FAQ: What is a Testator?

Definition of TESTATOR: (noun) / one who makes and executes a last will and testament For example, if Tiffany has a will drafted and she executes the will, then Tiffany is referred to as the Testator.  When Tiffany subsequently passes away, she is said to have died “testate”, or with a will. The word "testatrix" used to be regularly applied as the female equivalent of "testator".  It is less common today especially in the Surrogate's Courts of the 5 boroughs of New York City.  Usage of the suffix "-trix" as applied to any word to indicate the female version is becoming increasingly outdated.   ANTONELLI & ANTONELLI – New York City Probate Attorneys and Estate Attorneys serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  For more information about our services please visit our Probate page or learn more About Us. *Disclaimer: The above information is NOT legal advice and is for educational purposes only. You should always consult with an attorney directly to discuss the specific details of your case.