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Comparative Succession Law: Volume I: Testamentary Formalities

Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J. de Waal, and Reinhard Zimmermann


This book is about testamentary formalities, that is to say, about the requirements which the law of succession imposes in order for a person to make a will. How are wills made? What precisely are the rules — as to the signature of the testator, the use of witnesses, the need for a notary public or lawyer, and so on? Is there is a choice of will-type and, if so, which type is used most often and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each? How common is will-making or do most people die intestate? What happens if formalities are not observed? How can requirements of form be explained and ... More

Keywords: testamentary formalities, wills, will-making, testator, witnesses, signature, notary public, legal history, comparative law, law of succession

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth G C Reid, editor
Professor of Scots Law, University of Edinburgh

Marius J. de Waal, editor
Professor of Private Law, University of Stellenbosch

Reinhard Zimmermann, editor
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg

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