prec·a·to·ry /'pre-kə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj: expressing a wish or desire but not creating a legal obligation or affirmative duty
a precatory remark
the precatory words
◇ When interpreting wills, courts will look to whether a direction is precatory or mandatory in carrying out the testator's intent. Thus, courts generally will not construe language to create a trust if the language is only precatory and there is no evidence that the language was intended to create a trust. Words such as with the hope that or it is my wish that are often considered precatory.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adjective advisory, appealing, asking, beseeching, entreating, expressing entreaty, imploratory, imploring, importunate, pleading, suggesting, suggestive associated concepts: precatory words

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Expressing a request, wish, or recommendation, as when a testator expresses a wish in his or her will.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Suggested or recommended, but not binding. For example, language in a will or trust that says "I hope my daughter will keep the house in the family" is precatory and not legally binding on the daughter who inherits the house.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Living Trusts & Avoiding Probate
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

adj. Expressing a desire for, requesting, or advising action, but usually in a nonbinding way, such as, "it is my desire and wish to . . . ." Precatory words are often used in wills and similar documents.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   referring to a wish or advisory suggestion which does not have the force of a demand or a request which under the law must be obeyed. Thus "precatory words" in a will or trust would express a "hope that my daughter will keep the house in the family," but do not absolutely prevent her from selling it.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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