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Sometimes it is hard to understand lawyers because they seem to speak their own language.  While WLF|Trust Company tries to speak plain english and avoid speaking in legalese, it is inevitable that legal terms will come up during the estate planning process.  Here is a helpful glossary on the most commonly used terms:


Agent:  Someone who is authorized by another to act for or in the place of that person.

Asset:  Anything owned by someone that has a value.

Attorney-in-fact: Someone who is appointed to act as an agent for another under a Power of Attorney.

Beneficiary: One who benefits from the transfer of property.

Codicil: An addition to a Will that changes or replaces part of it.

Corporation: Company created by one or more persons based on state laws, owned by shareholders/stockholders, and owners have limited liability.

Decedent: Person who has died.

Descendant: Someone who descends from a common ancestor.

Durable:  Type of Power of Attorney that allows it to remain