Wills, Inheritance, and the Family

Wills, Inheritance, and the Family


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Wills, Inheritance, and the Family by Judith Masson, Jennifer Mason, Janet Finch

Who leaves what to whom? English law allows testators considerable freedom to decide on how to dispose of property through their wills. But what choices do people actually make about who the beneficiaries of their property will be, and what to give to whom? Does everything normally go to close family? Which family members? Are women and men treated equally? Do different types of testator make different types of wills? This book presents a detailed analysis of patterns of formal bequeathing, based on a study of probated wills over the last forty years. It also provides an overview of the significance of wills as a means of transmitting property.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198258346
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

1Wills as Social Documents1
2Wills and the Transmission of Property under English Law20
3Making a Will39
4First Choices: Patterns of Bequeathing66
5Who Gets What? Principles of Bequeathing97
6Patterns of Substitution126
7Families, Bequeathing, the Law162

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