Legal language is extremely conservative. A will written in the 1700s contains some of the same language as one written in the 1900s. In the United States, we rely on the English Common Law system with a few exceptions. This is a system that relies on stare decisis, that is the precedence of prior court rulings. The fact that the language, particularly that used in wills, has changed very little over many hundreds of years, makes reading old wills much easier for those already educated in the law. On the other hand, the old language and terms can make reading a will for those not initiated to the language, extremely difficult. Like many areas of genealogical research, using old legal documents can be a challenge and take some considerable study and experience. Come begin your education into the language of wills.