Defendant Lynda Frejlach appeals from an order entered by the trial court construing the will of Lucille Virginia Jones to provide that Ms. Jones’ will granted Ms. Frejlach a life estate in a house and eleven acres of real property located in Chatham County that was terminable upon the occurrence of certain triggering events. After careful consideration of the arguments advanced in the parties’ briefs in light of the record and the applicable law, we affirm in part and reverse in part.
I. Factual Background
A. Substantive Facts
Ms. Jones died testate on 18 February 2008. Her last will and testament was dated 2 September 1998. Prior to her death, Ms. Jones owned a house and eleven acres of land located at 493 Gardner Road in Apex, North Carolina. Ms. Frejlach lived in the Gardner Road residence with Ms. Jones and assisted Ms. Jones with the design and construction of the Gardner Road residence. Ms. Frejlach alleges that, during this interval, she acquired numerous items of personal property which she stored at the Gardner Road residence based on her understanding that she would inherit the house at some point in the future. In addition, Ms. Frejlach asserts that Ms. Jones told her on numerous occasions that the residence would be left to her following Ms. Jones’ death. In approximately 1997 or 1998, Ms. Frejlach left the Gardner Road residence and moved to Illinois.
After her death, Ms. Jones’ will was admitted to probate. Item II. B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will provided that:
I give the right for life to Lynda Frejlach to live in the house located on the 11 acres of property I own at 493 Gardner Road, Apex, NC, 27502. At her death or if Lynda Frejlach declines to exercise this right, I give this 11 acres of property to my sister, Inez [Hagaman]. This right is only for Lynda Frejlach to live in the house. The house is not to be used for a business or Bed and Breakfast and is not to be leased out by Lynda Frejlach. As indicated earlier, the personal property within the house which I cur*469rently own will belong to my sister, Inez [Hagaman], and should not be sold or disposed of by Lynda Frejlach.
As of 27 October 2008, Ms. Frejlach had not occupied the Gardner Road residence. According to Ms. Frejlach, the Gardner Road residence was in “a state of extreme clutter and disorder” at the time of Ms. Jones’ death, a situation which made it difficult for Ms. Frejlach to locate and remove all of the items of her personal property which she left in the house at the time of her departure for Illinois and which rendered the house “not fit to live in at present.” In addition, Ms. Frejlach contended that she “could not occupy the Gardner Road residence until many items of [Ms. Jones’] personal property — to which [she] has no claim — are removed from the residence.”
B. Procedural Facts
On 27 October 2008, Charlene Nelson, as Executrix of Ms. Jones’ estate, filed a declaratory judgment action in the Superior Court of Chatham County against Gerry Bennett, Ms. Hagaman, Ms. Frejlach, Brian Eanes, Stacey Eanes Angstadt, William Holt, and Delores Holt seeking, among other things, a determination of whether Ms. Frejlach had a license, rather than a life estate, in the Gardner Road property and whether Ms. Frejlach had implicitly renounced her right to live there. On 24 December 2008, Ms. Frejlach filed an answer and cross-claim in which she asked the court to declare that Ms. Jones’ will had granted her a life estate in the Gardner Road property and that she had not renounced her interest in the property in question. On 23 January 2009, Ms. Hagaman filed an answer in which she asserted that Ms. Jones’ will devised a defeasible life estate in the Gardner Road property to Ms. Frejlach and that Ms. Frejlach had declined to accept this life estate, effectively making Ms. Hagaman the owner of the Gardner Road property.
On 26 March 2009, the trial court entered an order interpreting Ms. Jones’ will to devise Ms. Frejlach a defeasible life estate in the Gardner Road property, with this life estate terminable in the event that Ms. Frejlach (1) expressly declined the life estate in writing;1 (2) *470failed to reside in the Gardner Road residence beginning on or before 27 April 2009; (3) used the Gardner Road house or property for business purposes or as a bed and breakfast inn; (4) leased the house or property; or (5) ceased to reside in the Gardner Road residence. In its order, the trial court certified the issue of the proper interpretation of Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will for immediate appellate review pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1A-1, Rule 54(b). Ms. Frejlach gave notice of appeal to this Court from the trial court’s order on 27 April 2009.
II. Legal Analysis
 The trial court’s order did not resolve all of the issues raised by the estate’s request for declaratory relief and is, for that reason, not a final decision. The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction over appeals from orders that represent a final judgment as to one or more, but not all, of the claims or parties involved in a particular civil action and the trial court certifies, as it has done in this instance, that there is no just reason for delay. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1A-1, Rule 54(b); see First Atl. Mgmt. Corp. v. Dunlea Realty Co., 131 N.C. App. 242, 507 S.E.2d 56 (1998). The trial court’s order finally disposes of the claims involving Ms. Frejlach’s interest in the Gardner Road property. As a result, this Court has jurisdiction over Ms. Frejlach’s challenge to the trial court’s order.
B. Standard of Review
“The Declaratory Judgment Act, [N.C. Gen. Stat. §] 1-253 et seq., affords an appropriate procedure for alleviating uncertainty in the interpretation of written instruments. ...” Hejl v. Hood, Hargett & Associates, Inc., — N.C. App. -, -, 674 S.E.2d 425, 427 (2009) (citation omitted). “ ‘The standard of review in declaratory judgment actions where the trial court decides questions of fact is whether the trial court’s findings are supported by any competent evidence. Where the findings are supported by competent evidence, the trial court’s findings of fact are conclusive on appeal.’ ” Cross v. Capital Transaction Grp., Inc., 191 N.C. App. 115, 117, 661 S.E.2d 778, 780 (2008) (citation omitted), disc. review denied, 363 N.C. 124, 672 S.E.2d 687 (2009). “ ‘However, the trial court’s conclusions of law are reviewable de novo.’ ” Id. (quoting Browning v. Helff, 136 N.C. App. 420, 423, 524 S.E.2d 95, 98 (2000). As a result of the fact that there are no factual disputes between the parties, the ultimate issue that we must resolve is the appropriate construction of Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will.
*471C. Construction of Ms. Jones’ Will
 “An estate in fee simple determinable is created by a limitation in a fee simple conveyance which provides that the estate shall automatically expire upon the occurrence of a certain subsequent event.” Station Assoc., Inc. v. Dare County, 350 N.C. 367, 370, 513 S.E.2d 789, 792 (1999) (citing Elmore v. Austin, 232 N.C. 13, 20-21, 59 S.E.2d 205, 211 (1950). “Like a fee, a life estate may be defeasible if its continued existence is conditional.” Brinkley v. Day, 88 N.C. App. 101, 106, 362 S.E.2d 587, 590 (1987) (citing Blackwood v. Blackwood, 237 N.C. 726, 76 S.E.2d 122 (1953)). “The law does not favor a construction of the language in a deed which will constitute a condition subsequent unless the intention of the parties to create such a restriction upon the title is clearly manifested.” Washington City Board of Education v. Edgerton, 244 N.C. 576, 578, 94 S.E.2d 661, 664, (1956). For that reason, the Supreme Court “has declined to recognize reversionary interests in deeds that do not contain express and unambiguous language of reversion or termination upon condition broken” and has “stated repeatedly that a mere expression of the purpose for which the property is to be used without provision for forfeiture or reentry is insufficient to create an estate on condition . . . .” Station Assoc., 350 N.C. at 370, 371, 513 S.E.2d at 792, 793. However, “in those cases in which the deed contained express and unambiguous language of reversion or termination, we have construed a deed to convey a determinable fee or fee on condition subsequent.” Id., 350 N.C. at 371-72, 513 S.E.2d at 793. “The language of termination necessary to create a fee simple determinable need not conform to any ‘set formula’ ” as long as “ ‘any words expressive of the grantor’s intent that the estate shall terminate on the occurrence of the event’ or that ‘on the cessation of [a specified] use, the estate shall end,’ ” are used. Id., 350 N.C. at 373-74, 513 S.E.2d at 794 (quoting Lackey v. Hamlet City Board of Education, 258 N.C. 460, 464, 128 S.E.2d 806, 809 (1963), and Charlotte Park and Recreation Commission v. Barringer, 242 N.C. 311, 317, 88 S.E.2d 114, 120 (1955), cert. denied sub nom., 350 U.S. 983, 100 L. Ed. 851 (1956). As a result, the fundamental question that we must resolve in construing Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will is determining whether it clearly expresses an intent that the life estate granted to Ms. Frejlach would automatically terminate upon the occurrence of one or more of the events described there.
It is an elementary rule ... that the intention of the testat[rix] is the polar star which is to guide in the interpretation of all wills, and, when ascertained, effect will be given to it unless it violates *472some rule of law, or is contrary to public policy. In determining the testat[rix]’s intention, the primary source is the language used by the testat[rix]. Isolated clauses are not to be considered out of context, but rather the entire will is to be examined as a whole so as to ascertain the general plan of the testat[rix].
Edmunds v. Edmunds, 194 N.C. App. 425, 433 669 S.E.2d 874, 879 (2008), aff’d per curiam, 363 N.C. 740, 686 S.E.2d 150 (2009) (quoting Pittman v. Thomas, 307 N.C. 485, 492, 299 S.E.2d 207, 211 (1983) (internal quotations omitted)). “ ‘The intent of the testat[rix] must be gathered from the four comers of the will and the circumstances attending its execution.’ ” Ward v. Ward, 88 N.C. App. 267, 269, 362 S.E.2d 847, 849 (1987), disc. review denied, 322 N.C. 115, 367 S.E.2d 921 (1988) (citation omitted). When interpreting a will, “every word and clause must, if possible, be given effect and apparent conflicts reconciled.” Slater v. Lineberry, 89 N.C. App. 558, 559, 366 S.E.2d 608, 610 (1988).
A careful analysis of the language of Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will discloses that those portions of the will providing that “[t]he house is not to be used for a business or Bed and Breakfast and is not to be leased out by [Ms.] Frejlach” are unaccompanied by any “express and unambiguous language of reversion or termination upon condition broken,” Station Assoc., 350 N.C. at 370, 513 S.E.2d at 793, and amount to “a mere expression of the purpose for which the property is to be used without provision for forfeiture or reentry.” Id. at 371, 513 S.E.2d at 793. We are particularly persuaded of the correctness of this conclusion given the Supreme Court’s clear statement that the creation of defeasible interests is disfavored.2 As a result, we conclude that the trial court erred by construing Item II.B.6 to provide that Ms. Frejlach’s life estate3 terminates if she “uses the house or *473property for business purposes or as a bed and breakfast” or if she “leases the house or property.”
On the other hand, the language providing that Ms. Jones “give[s] the right for life to [Ms.] Frejlach to live in the house” located on Gardner Road and that, “if [Ms.] Frejlach declines to exercise this right, I give this 11 acres of property to” Ms. Hagaman is not merely precatory.4 We are unable to understand the “right” to be “exercised” as anything other than Ms. Frejlach’s right to live on the Gardner Road property. Although this portion of Item II.B.6 lacks some of the language that is frequently found in instruments creating defeasible interests, such as “so long as” or “on the condition that,” the relevant provisions of Item II.B.6 do clearly state that, in the event that Ms. Frejlach does not “exercise this right” to live on the property, it goes to Ms. Hagaman. As a result, we are unable to avoid the conclusion that Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will does grant Ms. Frejlach a life estate in the Gardner Road property that is subject to termination in the event that she chooses not to live there.
Our dissenting colleague rejects this reading of Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will on the grounds that, “[r]eading the devise in the sequence transcribed by the testatrix, it appears that Ms. Jones’ intent was merely to devise appellant Frejlach a life estate in which the testatrix desired her to live in the house” and that, “[a]t best, the devise to appellant in item II, paragraph (B)(6) would be defeasible only upon appellant Frejlach’s death or her declining to exercise her right to the devised property, at which point the property would vest in appellee Hagaman.” As a result, the dissent concludes that “this language would essentially create a ‘plain vanilla’ life estate, because any life estate devised is only defeasible upon the death of the life tenant or upon a devisee’s decision to renounce the estate.5” We are not per*474suaded by this logic because it fails to give sufficient effect to Ms. Jones’ very specific and repeated use of the word “live.” As used in this context, “live” means “to make one’s dwelling; reside.” Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, 857 (1957). We believe that, under the canons of construction discussed above, we must assume that Ms. Jones chose her words carefully and intended to use the language that she used. In the event that one accepts the logic of our dissenting colleague, Ms. Frejlach could retain a life estate in the Gardner Road property without ever setting foot on the premises, a result which we have difficulty squaring with Ms. Jones’ explicit statement that she gave Ms. Frejlach the right “to live in the house” located on Gardner Road “for life” and that, if Ms. Frejlach “declines to exercise this right, I give this 11 acres of property to” Ms. Hagaman.6 Thus, since the logic adopted by our dissenting colleague does not give effect to what we believe to be Ms. Jones’ clear intention to divest Ms. Frejlach of her life estate in the event that she failed to live on the Gardner Road property, we do not find the approach taken in the dissent persuasive.7
*475Thus, for the reasons set forth above, we conclude that the trial court erred by finding that Item II.B.6 of Ms. Jones’ will gave Ms. Frejlach a life estate in the Gardner Road property that terminated in the event that she “use[d] the house or property' for business purposes or as a bed and breakfast” or if she “lease [d] the house or property.” On the other hand, we conclude that the trial court correctly determined that Ms. Frejlach’s life estate was subject to termination in the event that she did not “reside in the house” or “cease [d] to reside in the house on the property . ...” As a result, for the reasons set forth above, the trial court’s order is affirmed in part and reversed in part.
AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART.
Judge STROUD concurs.
Judge ROBERT N. HUNTER, JR., concurs in part and dissents in part in separate opinion.