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Succession Law in Ireland: Principles, Cases and Commentary is not a case book in the traditional sense.
The use of cases in this work with the purpose of discerning the principles, criteria and prerequisites applied by the courts in arriving at their decisions, knowledge of which is essential to practitioners and students in the field of succession law.
Succession Law in Ireland: Principles, Cases and Commentary contains 16 chapters. Each chapter is structured in the following way:
Instances of the type of principles, criteria and prerequisites include the Kearns’ Principles devised by Kearns J (as he then was) in In the Estate of ABC, XC v RT  2 IR 250 were derived from previous cases involving s117 applications to the courts by children of testators, the Lowry Principles devised by Lowry LCJ in Heron v Ulster Bank Ltd  N.I. 44 are applied in cases dealing with the construction of wills, the Fennelly Criteria in Corrigan v Martin, Unreported, High Court, Fennelly J, 13 March 2006, are referred to whenever the provisions of s 9 of the Civil Liability Act 1961 and the periods of limitation for bringing actions against the estates of deceased persons become an issue, and the prerequisites of the equitable doctrine of proprietary estoppel formulated by Laffoy J in Coyle v Finnegan and Finnegan  IEHC 463.