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The general principle in England and Wales is that a testator may leave their assets to whomsoever they please—known as freedom of testation. This contrasts with the system in many other countries where inheritance is mandated to certain categories of persons, or the rules that arise upon an intestacy under the Administration of Estates Act 1925. Likewise with regard to private trusts, the principle that the settlor is entitled to settle upon whomsoever they choose (subject to various limitations for example as to certainty), also applies.
To ameliorate this, the Inheritance (
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