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Comparative Succession Law Volume I Testamentary Formalities:

Edited by: Kenneth G C Reid, Marius J de Waal, Reinhard Zimmermann

ISBN13: 9780199696802
Published: October 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £127.50

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Launching a major new research project examining the principles of succession law in comparative perspective, this book discusses the formalities which the law imposes in order for a person to make a testamentary disposal of property.

Among the questions considered are the following:-

  • 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 justified?
  • How did the law develop historically, what is the state of the law today, and what are the prospects for the future?

The focus is on Europe, and on countries which have been influenced by the European experience. Thus in addition to giving a detailed treatment of the law in Austria, Belgium, England and Wales, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain, the book explores legal developments in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, and in some of the countries of Latin America with a particular emphasis on Brazil. It also includes chapters on two of the mixed jurisdictions - Scotland and South Africa - and on Islamic Law.

The book opens with chapters on Roman law and on the early modern law in Europe, thus setting the historical scene as well as anticipating and complementing the accounts of national history which appear in subsequent chapters; and it concludes with an assessment of the overall development of the law in the countries surveyed, and with some wider reflections on the nature and purpose of testamentary formalities.

Volume II: Intestate Succeession was published in August 2015: isbn 9780198747123

Comparative Law, Wills and Probate
1. Testamentary Formalities in Roman Law
2. Testamentary Formalities in Early Modern Europe
3. Testamentary Formalities in France and Belgium
4. Testamentary Formalities in Spain
5. Testamentary Formalities in Latin America with particular reference to Brazil
6. Testamentary Formalities in Italy
7. Testamentary Formalities in the Netherlands
8. Testamentary Formalities in Germany
9. Testamentary Formalities in Austria
10. Testamentary Formalities in Hungary
11. Testamentary Formalities in Poland
12. Testamentary Formalities in Islamic Law and their Reception in the Modern Laws of Islamic Countries
13. Testamentary Formalities in England and Wales
14. Testamentary Formalities in Australia and New Zealand
15. Testamentary Formalities in the United States of America
16. Testamentary Formalities in South Africa
17. Testamentary Formalities in Scotland
18. Testamentary Formalities in Historical and Comparative Perspective