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Answers to Genealogy FAQs - Admon with Will Annexed

This phrase will appear in one of two instances in the granting of an estate by Admon, an abbreviation of the word Administration:

1. if a Will had been signed by the Testator but the originally-named Executor had died or decided not to act as the representative of the estate, or

2. if the deceased was unable to complete his Will before he died and the only record of his wishes is one that was written down by someone at the request of the deceased, referred to as a "noncupative Will".

In either of these cases, the "Will" or last words of the deceased would be entered into the Court and would become a document attached to the official grant of Administration. Hence, the phrase '...registered Will annexed...'.

There is no other Will to be found. The phrase "annexed Will" refers to the Will that is "attached" to or included with the application to the court on behalf of the next of kin of the deceased, (usually by the solicitor or barrister, differentiated in England but the same person in Canada) for an "Administration" or "admon" as it was commonly used in the U.K.. Any additional documentation would have to be found in the solicitor's files - usually very unlikely to net any results.

Definition of a "noncupative Will": a Will which is spoken by the Testator to another, the Testator being too ill to write it himself or unable to write it for whatever physical or educational reason. Quite often these Wills happen when death is suddenly upon one and quite imminent and the Testator had not at that time made a Will or wished to suddenly reverse bequests or gifts made in his earlier Will!

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