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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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(p.307) 9 Inheritance
Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The ability of people to dispose of their property on their death is an important issue for many older people. This chapter considers the legal issues surrounding wills. In particular, it looks at how property is distributed when an older person has not made a will and how a will may be challenged. It also examines data on how in fact older people view their family obligations in relation to property and what influences their decisions in relation to wills. It considers the broader social and legal issues that surround how property is inherited. The arguments surrounding inheritance tax is also examined.

Keywords:   wills, intestacy, family provision, inheritance, inheritance tax, undue influence, mental capacity

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