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AMBULATORY Definition & Legal Meaning

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Movable; revocable; subject to change. Ambulatoria voluntas (a changeable will) denotes the power which a testator possesses of altering his will during his life-time. Hattersley v. Bissett, 50 N. J. Eq. 577, 25 Atl. 332. The court of king’s bench in England was formerly called an “ambulatory court,” because it followed the king’s person, and was held sometimes in one place and sometimes In another. So, in Prance, the supreme court or parliament was originally ambulatory. 3 Bl. Comm. 33, 30, 41. The return of a sheriff has been said to be ambulatory until it is filed. Wilmot, J., 3 Burr. 1644.


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