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02 July 2020

Who should benefit when you die

English law does not enable a family member to automatically receive a share of a person’s estate on their death. This is often referred to as ‘testamentary freedom’ and was described in the 1860’s thus: ‘The English law leaves everything to the unfettered discretion of the testator …’. (Banks v Goodfellow (1869–70)).

John Darnton, consultant in BDB Pitmans’ family and matrimonial team, discusses this in an article for Today’s Wills and Probate.

The full article is available, here. 

 

 

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