Failure of gifts

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Classification of legacies and devises Due to the doctrines of ademption and abatement, a distinction is drawn between specific, general and demonstrative legacies. The...

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Freedom to disclaim A beneficiary is free to disclaim The law will not force a beneficiary to take a testamentary gift against their Will. A beneficiary is free to refuse...

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Reasons a gift may fail There are several ways a gift may fail. These include: The doctrine of lapse—failure to survive the testator If an intended beneficiary...

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Nature of lapse To benefit under a Will, a beneficiary must survive the testator. A legacy is said to have lapsed and will fall into residue: • if the beneficiary dies...

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Definition Partial intestacy may arise when a testator has made an effective testamentary disposition of part of their estate but has failed to dispose of the rest of...

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STOP PRESS: A new fixed net sum of £270,000 has been set with effect from 6 February 2020, in accordance with Schedule 1A to the Administration of Estates Act 1925, as...

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