In this context, a family of a late grandfather is outraged because the deceased man decided to bequeath all his inheritance to a person which wasn't even a part of the family.

This conversation is between a person(executor of the will I guess)who was reading the will to the family

They are obviously angry and protest against it and ask if there are any safeguards against his decision and they question the sanity of the old man(they basically try everything to annul that decision). The sentence i've trouble with is from the person reading the will.

"You, not liking what he did does not speak to testamentary capacity"

What does speak to mean in this context?

Does it have anything to do with this def from TFD? 3. formal to give evidence of or comments on (a subject): who will speak to this item?.

  • I find it a very strange use. I think it must mean "relate to" or "have a bearing on".
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 18, 2021 at 15:43

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In this classic scene it's usually the family solicitor (lawyer) who reads out the will, and this sounds like legal language.

I think you have the right of it. I found this definition in the Longman online dictionary:

to show that a situation exists or something is true

In other words, their not liking Grandfather's decision is not evidence that he was mentally incapable of making a valid will.


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