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Vol 24 No 8 Aug/Sept 2019

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Will Draftsman's Handbook 10th ed


ISBN13: 9781784461348
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781853287749
To be Published: September 2019
Publisher: Law Society Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback & CD-ROM
Price: £75.00



This popular book assists 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 and essential statutory extracts.

The 10th edition has been fully revised to include:

  • a new chapter on risks for the draftsman
  • changes resulting from the residence nil-rate band
  • digital assets
  • recent case law and its implications
  • revisions and modernisation of precedent clauses, and
  • new precedents on capacity assessment, severance of joint tenancy and letter of wishes

    The book provides guidance on taking instructions, the duties of the 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.

  • Subjects:
    Wills and Probate
    Contents:
    Part 1: Preliminary notes
    1. How to use this book
    2. The draftsman’s responsibilities
    3. Law of intestacy: some comparisons
    4. Law of family provision – the 1975 Act
    5. Effect of taxation
    6. Statutory rules for the draftsman
    7. Statutory rules of interpretation that determine relationships
    8. Risks for the draftsman
    Part 2: Precedent clauses
    A. Commencement
    B. Executor 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
    K. Capacity Assessment
    L. Severance of Joint Tenancy
    M. Letter of wishes
    Appendices