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PRACTICAL EXPOSITION

OF THE

Law of Wills,

WITH

PLAIN INSTRUCTIONS AND ADVICE

TO

TESTATORS, EXECUTORS,
ADMINISTRATORS, AND LEGATEES,

AND
OBSERVATIONS

ON THE
CONSEQUENCES OF INTESTACY:

To which are added
DIRECTIONS RESPECTING THE PROBATE OF WILLS AND THE TAKING

OUT OF LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION ;
TABLES OF THE STAMP-DUTIES ON PROBATES, ADMINISTRATIONS,

LEGACIES, AND RESIDUARY SHARES ;
THE METHOD OF OBTAINING A RETURN OF THE ADMINISTRATION
AND PROBATE DUTY, IF OVERPAID, OR ON THE

GROUND OF DEBTS ;

and
FORMS OF INVENTORIES TO BE TAKEN BY EXECUTORS AND

ADMINISTRATORS;
WITH PRECEDENTS OF WILLS, CODICILS, REPUBLICATIONS, ETC.

BY RICHARD DICKSON, Esq.

Of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn.

LONDON:
SHERWOOD, GILBERT, AND PIPER,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1830.

11.

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PLAIN AND PRACTICAL EXPOSITION

OF THE

LAW OF WILLS,

ETC.

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS.

Hints and Precautions to be attended to by

Persons before they make their Wills. In the examination of this important branch of the subject, which I am about to elucidate, I shall treat of it under the following heads : 1. The Propriety and Advantages of making a

Will. 2. The Consequences of neglecting the Important

Duty of making a Will. 3. Precautions to be attended to in making Wills.

1. The Propriety and Advantages of making a Will.

As from innumerable causes, which are beyond human control, there is not any state or condition of life that is not subject to premature and

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