Wills, Inheritance and Families: Wills Inheritance & Families

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJanet Finch, Lynn Hayes, Judith Masson

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The Issue of how assets are distributed after death is of increasing significance for larger numbers of people. In this original and path-breaking study, the authors examine the principle means through which people plan to dispose of their assets after death: by the use of wills. By offeringan empirical study of 800 English wills, the book identifies significant patterns of bequeathing among a cross-section of the population, and not just among those sections of society who enjoy substantial wealth. This leads us to focus upon what wills tell us about the family and kin relationships,and upon how people transmit their assets across generations: to their families and to institutions and organizations.

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The Issue of how assets are distributed after death is of increasing significance for larger numbers of people. In this original and path-breaking study, the authors examine the principle means through which people plan to dispose of their assets after death: by the use of wills. By offeringan empirical study of 800 English wills, the ...

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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 an...

Janet Finch is at Keele University. Judith Masson is at University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258348

ISBN - 13:9780198258346

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the work undoubtedly strengthens a weak area of socio-legal research / Elizabeth Kingdom, University of Liverpool / Social and Legal Studies, Vol 8/1