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TEN THE BAYONET: CAMP LEE, VA., FRIDAY, MAY 10, 1918 after, and he may make as many others as he desires. 31.-Q. What is done with a will after the testator dies? A. The will is opened by the person having custody of it; or if it is found among the testator's effects, it is opened by his relatives or close friends; and is then presented to the court to be admitted to probate and record. It is a crime to secrete or destroy the will of another person. 32.-Q. What is meant by admitting a will to probate? A. Admitting a will to probate means duly and legally proving and establishing it as a the last will and testament of the testator. 33-Q. What are the duties of an executor? A. It is the duty of an executor; first, to collect all the assets and debts due the testator; second, to pay the court costs for administering the estate; third, to pay the debts that the testator owed at the time of his death; fourth, to carry out the provisions of the will; and lastly, to render to the court an account of all funds that he has received and has disbursed. 34-Q. May a testator avoid the payment of his debts by disposing of all his property in a will in some other way? A. No. Whether the testator provides for the payment of his debts by will or not, his debts are paid before the property goes to the beneficiary. After his debts are paid, the balance of his estate will be disposed of according to the will. 35.-Q. Should a person prepare his own will? A. A person may prepare his own will, as no particular form of words are required, as long as the language clearly and plainly expresses the testator's intention. But, in order to prevent forgery and other frauds in the execution of a will, the law requires certain strict formalities, so that it is always better for a person to obtain legal assistance or advice in executing his will. You can secure such advice at the office of the Division Judge Advocate. All such matters are, of course, treated confidentially. 36.-Q. Give a short form of a will. A. I, John Doe, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament. I give, devise and bequeath all my property real, personal, or mixed, that I may own at the time of my death, or in which I may have any interest, legal or equitable, to my beloved mother, Mary Doe. I do nominate, constitute and appoint my mother, Mary Does, as the executrix of this my last will and testament; and do require that she need give no bond for the faithful performance of the trust reposed in her. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Camp Lee, VA., this 15th day of March, 1918. (Seal) JOHN DOE. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator. John Doe, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. JOHN SMITH Rank, organization and home address. WILLIAM JONES, Rank, organization and home address. Robert Black, Rank, organization and home address. Another Form of Will. This is the last will of John Smith, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a private in Company A, of the 750th Infantry. I revoke all other wills. I give to my wife, Henrietta Smith, $1,000 and the farm on which we live. I give to each of my children $150. The rest of my property I give to my wife. I name my wife and William Smith executors of this will, without surety. Signed and sealed this 10th day of April 1918, at Paris, France. (Seal) JOHN SMITH. Sined and sealed by John Smith in our presence, and by him declared to be his last will this 10th day of April, 1918, in testimony whereof at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other we do now sign as witnesses the day and year aforesaid. WILLIAM H. CLAY, Sergeant, Company A, 750th Infantry, 186 Vine Street. Cincinnati, Ohio. SAMUEL JONES Corporal, Company A, 750th Infantry, 18 Brown Street, Dayton, Ohio. HENRY S. WASHINGTON. Private Company A, 750th Infantry, 99 Front Street, Newport, Ky. Section IX. REWARDS OF SERVICE. BY LIEUT.-COL. I. L. HUNT, Division Judge Advocate. Q. & A. 1. In what they consist....... 1