What is a "will" in New York estate law?

Definition of WILL:

(noun) / a last will, including all the codicils thereto

This is the definition set forth by the New York Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law as well as the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. But what is a will, really?

Plain English translation: A last will is a legal document that provides a person’s last wishes with respect to property and dependents upon that person’s death. It is a set of instructions for disposing of a person’s property, nominating an executor to oversee the transfer of that property, and nominating someone to take custody of minor children.