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THE LAW OF SUCCESSION

TESTAMENTARY AND INTESTATE .

THE

LAW OF SUCCESSION

TESTAMENTARY AND INTESTATE

BY

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W. S. HOLDSWORTH, M.A., B.C.L.

OF LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER-AT-LAW; FELLOW AND LECTURER OF ST. JOHN'S

COLLEGE, OXFORD

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OXFORD
B. H. BLACKWELL, 50 & 51 BROAD STREET

LONDON : STEVENS AND SONS, LTD.

119 & 120 CHANCERY LANE, W.C.

M DCCC XCIX

(1844)

OXFORD

BURROWS AND DOE, PRINTERS

THE HOLYWELL PRESS

PREFACE.

The needs of practising lawyers are fully met by many exhaustive works upon the Law of Succession. The needs of students of law are different; and this book is designed to supply their needs. Its design must explain both what it includes and what it omits. It includes some historical matter, hardly possessing a directly practical importance, but necessary to be known in order to fully appreciate the principles of the modern law. It omits much of the detailed application of those principles to be found in innumerable decided cases. It omits parts of the subject which seem to fall more naturally under other branches of the law, or to be unsuited to the needs of students. Thus it neither attempts to treat of those topics which fall within the domain of Private International Law, nor of those parts of the law which deal with the construction of Wills and with the Death Duties. The only part of the book which may seem to trespass upon the domain of Private International Law is the part in which mention is made of Lord Kingsdown's Act. But that Act is not dealt with as a private international lawyer would deal with it; it is mentioned merely as a British Statute which regulates the formalities necessary for the due execution of the will of a British subject.

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