independent-significance doctrine. Wills & estates. The principle that effect will be given to a testator’s disposition that is not done solely to avoid the requirements of a will. ? An example is a will provision that gives the contents of the testator’s safe-deposit box to his niece. Because the safe-deposit box has utility (¡°significance¡±) independent of the will, the gift of its contents at the testator’s death is valid.
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