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    Wills, Inheritance and Families (Oxford Socio-Legal Studies) (Hardback) By (author) Janet Finch, By (author) Lynn Hayes, By (author) Judith Masson, By (author) Jennifer Mason, By (author) Lorraine Wallis

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    DescriptionThe Issue of how assets are distributed after death is of increasing significance for larger numbers of people. In this original and path-breaking study, the authors examine the principle means through which people plan to dispose of their assets after death: by the use of wills. By offering an empirical study of 800 English wills, the book identifies significant patterns of bequeathing among a cross-section of the population, and not just among those sections of society who enjoy substantial wealth. This leads us to focus upon what wills tell us about the family and kin relationships, and upon how people transmit their assets across generations: to their families and to institutions and organizations.


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    Title
    Wills, Inheritance and Families
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Janet Finch, By (author) Lynn Hayes, By (author) Judith Masson, By (author) Jennifer Mason, By (author) Lorraine Wallis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 370 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198258346
    ISBN 10: 0198258348
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.4
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKW, 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: LE
    Libri: I-LE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    BIC subject category V2: LNW, LNL
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKW, 1DBKE
    BISAC V2.8: LAW038000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 344.10652
    LC classification: KD1509.W54
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAW090000
    DC22: 347.30652
    Thema V1.0: JHM, LNL, LNW
    Illustrations note
    line figures, tables
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    01 April 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    the work undoubtedly strengthens a weak area of socio-legal research / Elizabeth Kingdom, University of Liverpool / Social and Legal Studies, Vol 8/1
    Back cover copy
    Who leaves what to whom? English law allows testators considerable freedom to decide on how to dispose of property through their wills. But what choices do people actually make about who the beneficiaries of their property will be, and what to give to whom? Does everything normally go to close family? Which family members? Are women and men treated equally? Do different types of testator make different types of wills? This book presents a detailed analysis of patterns of formal bequeathing, based on a study of probated wills over the last forty years. It also provides an overview of the significance of wills as a means of transmitting property.