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A Practitioner’s Guide to Wills is a wide-ranging and thoroughly practical handbook for all concerned in drafting and interpreting wills, and in giving effect to their provisions.
In the opening chapters, the authors expertly guide the reader through preliminary matters such as capacity and formal requirements, moving on to beneficiaries and legacies; gifts of businesses and land; and residuary gifts. There are chapters on revoking and altering wills; codicils; executors and trustees; overseas property; powers and discretionary trusts; income and interest; administrative provisions; construction; and much else. Later chapters deal with the inheritance and capital gains tax regimes, and include advice on tax-efficient will planning.
A number of topical matters are dealt with in the course of the text these include the case of Re Rogers and the appointment of solicitors as executors; and the provisions of the Charities Bill. The controversial changes to the taxation of settlements, introduced by the Finance Act 2006, are also covered, and a precedent for a gift of residue to young people for life with a power to advance capital is set out.
Specimen clauses appear throughout the text, they have been revised and updated for adaptation by readers. Some model wills are also given.