Wills, Probate and Estates

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Oxford University Press, 2012 - Law - 549 pages
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The third edition of Wills, Probate and Estates has been written to provide trainee solicitors with a clear and thorough understanding of current best practice in the area of wills, trusts, probate and the administration of estates. The manual takes into account recent changes in legislation, particularly the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act, 2009, the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act, 2010 and certain relevant changes to the Capital Acquisitions Tax Consolidation Act, 2003.

The book outlines the basic elements of a will, familiarizing trainees with the common law and statutory background enabling them to draft wills and simple trusts in accordance with statute and their clients' informed instructions. The manual goes on to deal with obtaining the necessary grant of representation on the death of a client, either with or without a will, and administering such an estate.

Wills, Probate and Estates provides succinct and practical advice, provided by solicitors for solicitors, tackling questions of practice and procedure that are of central importance not only for students on the Professional Practice Course, but also to practitioners who deal with any area of wills, trusts, probate or the administration of estates.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction to Will Drafting
1
2 Basic Elements of a Will and Mutual Wills
7
3 The Legal Personal Representative
42
Will Drafting
56
5 Instructions Attendance and Execution
106
6 Introduction to Trusts and Their Legal Context
129
7 The Creation and Use of Trusts in Wills and Their Administration
157
8 Introduction to Administration of Estates
192
12 Second and Subsequent Grants De Bonis Non Grants
371
13 NonContentious Applications Either to the Probate Officer or to the Court
393
14 Initial Steps After the Grant has Issued
435
Personal Representatives Duties
454
16 Benefits and Beneficiaries
463
17 Obligations Duties and Claims on the Estate
479
18 Distributing the Estate and Vesting of Property
489
19 Finalising Matters
503

9 Introduction to Probate Practice
241
10 Extracting a Grant of Administration with Will Annexed
287
11 Extracting a Grant of Administration Intestate
323
Bibliography
521
Index
527
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Padraic Courtney is a solicitor, lecturer and course manager on the Professional Practice Courses at the Law Society of Ireland, Law School .

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