Exordium Clause – Definition & Explanation

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Exordium Clause Definition

An exordium clause is the opening clause of a Last Will and Testament (“Will”) that officially states that the document is “a will.”

A Little More on What is an Exordium Clause

An exordium clause also introduces the testator or the person making the will and shows that he or she was of sound mind at the time the will was written.

Even More of an Explanation of an Exordium Clause

The exordium clause is often bundled with the declarations, such as where the grantor states that they are of sound mind and capable of making legal decisions.

An exordium clause provides insight into the basic provisions of the document. There are some basic contents of an exordium clause:

  • The identity of the grantor (the person making the will);
  • The residence of the grantor at the time the will was made;
  • A revocation of all previous wills made by the testator; and
  • A declaration that the document is the current will of the named person.

An exordium clause may also identify the people involved in the execution of the will and the key roles of each party.

Aside from this clause, there are other parts of components of a will that contain the beneficiaries or heirs, the size, type, quality and quantity of property that must be transferred to the heirs, among other details.

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