Will Draftsman's Handbook

Will Draftsman's Handbook


By (author) Paul Gausden, By (author) Lesley King, By (author) Robin Riddett

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  • Publisher: The Law Society
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 16mm | 432g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853287741
  • ISBN 13: 9781853287749
  • Edition: 9, Revised
  • Edition statement: 9th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,127,587

Product description

This long established and popular book is designed to assist practitioners with the preparation of wills for the most commonly encountered situations. The concise and accessible text combines practical tools and expert guidance, including: commentary on the underlying law over 50 precedent clauses which can be readily assembled to draft wills specimen will forms essential statutory extracts. The ninth edition has been fully updated by a new team of authors who provide guidance on taking instructions, the duties of draftsman, principles of drafting, the legal framework, and the effect of taxation. The accompanying free CD-ROM contains the precedent clauses and will forms for easy customisation.

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Author information

Robin Riddett is a former associate director of the College of Law and is now a freelance lecturer and author. Professor Lesley King is head of private client practice at the College of Law. She is editor of the Probate Practitioner's Handbook, 6th edition (Law Society, 2010) and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters. Peter Gausden was previously a principal lecturer at the College of Law. He is a member of many academic and professional bodies and is chief examiner for the probate practice paper set by the Institute of Legal Executives.

Table of contents

Part 1: Preliminary Notes: 1. How to use this book; 2. The draftsman's responsibilities; 3. Law of intestacy: some comparison; 4. Law of family provision - the 1975 Act; 5. Effect of taxation; 6. Statutory rules for the draftsman - an update; 7. Statutory rules for interpretation that determine relationships; Part 2: Precedent Clauses: A. Commencement; B. Executors and trustees;; C. Testamentary guardians; D. Specific gifts; E. Pecuniary legacies; F. Dispositions of residue; G. Overriding discretionary trusts; H. Trustees powers; extended and additional powers; I. Conclusion; J. Codicils; Appendix.