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CONCISE TREATISE

ON THE

LAW OF WILLS.

JUNE, 1900.

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LONDON:

DON :
STEVENS AND SONS, LIMITED,

Law Publishers,
119 & 120, CHANCERY LANE.

1.136,Y OF THE

LELLISTUITJ3D, JR., UNIVERSITY

LALATT.

3 / 642

BRADBURY, AGNEW, & co. LD., PRINTERS,

LONDON AND TONBRIDGE.

PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION.

Since the last edition of this work the Land Transfer Act, 1897, has come into operation. The statute makes important changes in the law relating to testamentary disposition. Though the Act has now been in operation for more than two years, hardly any cases under it have come before the Courts. Sect. 4, which deals with executors' powers of appropriation, has been judiciously allowed to remain dormant by omitting to make rules under it.

The decisions upon the construction of wills have been numerous.

The Rule in Shelley's Case has again been considered by the House of Lords. It would be too much to expect that in future no doubt can arise upon the application of the Rule. It cannot be said that any new principles have been established by the cases.

The subject of Administration will be found more fully dealt with than in former editions. Some

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