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FORMS OF WILLS,

WITH

PRACTICAL NOTES.

BY

W. HAYES AND T. JARMAN,

OF THE MIDDLE TEMPLE, ESQS., BARRISTERS AT LAW.

THIRD EDITION.

LONDON:
S. SWEET, 1, CHANCERY LANE, FLEET STREET,

Law Bookseller & Publisher :
AND HODGES & SMITH, COLLEGE GREEN, DUBLIN.

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TO

THE THIRD EDITION.

THIS work has been considerably enlarged in the present edition, chiefly by prefixing a Practical View of the New Statute of Wills, and Suggestions to Persons taking Instructions for, and preparing Wills. The Precedents have been revised; the points discussed in the Notes have received such further illustration as the latest authorities afford, and some points of practical interest, before unnoticed, have been interspersed. The writers, in again complying with the demand of the Profession, repeated after so short an interval, for a new edition of their little volume, venture to indulge the hope that if it should have already tended to advance, it will now more effectually promote, the knowledge and practice of testamentary law.

Among the improvements of the present Edition is a more comprehensive Index, for which the writers are indebted to Mr. EDWARD BEVIR.

April, 1840.

PREFATORY REMARKS.

THOUGH many

works on Wills, with the accompaniment of Precedents, are already in the hands of the practitioner, yet a portable volume of short forms, not copied from draughts, but originated with a view to general applicability, and illustrated by succinct statements of the law upon points of frequent occurrence, seemed to be still wanting. This desideratum the authors have endeavoured to supply_with what success the Profession must judge.

A notion has unfortunately obtained, that, while to the preparation of a deed learning and experience are essential, the disposition of a man's property by will may be safely confided to the minimum of legal knowledge. Hence, the conveyancer is rarely consulted, the solicitor is often dispensed with, and the schoolmaster too frequently called in; or, if the schoolmaster be not at hand, there is

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