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In recent years, social changes - such as greater property ownership, high inflation, cohabitation and second marriages - have increased the importance of financial provision made on death. The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 gives the court discretion to make financial awards to certain categories of person from the estate of the deceased, whether that deceased died intestate or leaving a valid will. It is therefore an area of increasing importance to practitioners. Spencer Maurice's Family Provision on Death provides practical and up-to-date guidance in this area. It examines the legislation and its present day application in detail in the light of key developments. Now in its seventh edition, this well-respected and authoritative book has been extensively revised incorporating all of the relevant reported decisions and procedural changes since the last edition. Complete with checklists of cases, court precedents and tables, this work contains all of the information needed to give clients the best service available. * the provision to be made for surviving spouses and the importance of assessing the provision that would have been made on divorce * the p