Inheritance
Inheritance is the practice of passing on property, titles, debts, rights and obligations upon the death of an individual. It has long played an important role in human societies. The rules of inherit...
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West Seattle couple leaves all their assets — $847,215 — to Uncle Sam
West Seattle residents Peter Petrasek and his wife, Joan, willed their entire estate to “the United States of America.” Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. Bu...
Order of succession
An order of succession is the sequence of those entitled to hold a high office such as head of state or an honour such as a title of nobility in the order in which they stand in line to it when it bec...
Heir apparent
An heir apparent is a person, male or female, who is first in line of succession and cannot be displaced from inheriting by the birth of another person.An heir presumptive, by contrast, is someone who...
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Primogeniture
Primogeniture is the right, by law or custom, of the firstborn male child to inherit the family estate, in preference to siblings (compare to ultimogeniture). In the absence of children, inheritance p...
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Forced heirship
Forced heirship is a form of testate partible inheritance whereby the estate of a deceased (de cujus) is separated into (1) an indefeasible portion, the forced estate (Germ Pflichtteil, Fr réserve, It...
Estate (law)
An estate is the net worth of a person at any point in time alive or dead. It is the sum of a person's assets – legal rights, interests and entitlements to property of any kind – less all ...
Trust (law)
In common law legal systems, a trust is a relationship whereby property is held by one party for the benefit of another. A trust is created by a settlor, who transfers some or all of his or her proper...
Will (law)
A will or testament is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his or her estate and provides for the distribution of his or her property at death. For...
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Probate
Probate is a legal document. Receipt of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's pro...
Inheritance tax
An inheritance tax or estate tax is a levy paid by a person who inherits money or property or a tax on the estate (money and property) of a person who has died. In international tax law, there is a di...
Babies switched at birth
Babies switched at birth are babies who, because of either error or maleficence, are interchanged with each other at birth or very soon thereafter, leading to their being unknowingly raised by parents...
Disownment
Disownment is the formal act or condition of forcibly renouncing or no longer accepting one's consanguineous child as a member of one's family or kin. It differs from giving a child up for adoption bo...
Caste
Caste is a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy, hereditary transmission of a lifestyle which often includes an occupation, ritual status in a hierarchy and customary social interac...
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Succession
Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence.
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Swynfen will case
The Swynfen (or Swinfen) will case was a series of English trials over the will of Samuel Swynfen that ran from 1856 to 1864 and raised important questions of ethics in the legal profession.
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West Seattle couple leaves all their assets — $847,215 — to Uncle Sam
West Seattle residents Peter Petrasek and his wife, Joan, willed their entire estate to “the United States of America.” Americans often go to great lengths to keep the government off their assets. Bu...
Matrilineal succession
Matrilineal succession is a form of hereditary succession or other inheritance through which the subject's female relatives are traced back in a matrilineal line.
Spies v Smith
In Spies v Smith, an important case in the South African law of succession, the testator was mentally retarded and epileptic, and had appointed the two daughters of his step-mother as his sole heirs. ...
Tshabalala v Tshabalala
In Tshabalala v Tshabalala, an important case in the South African law of succession, the will in question comprised two pages, but the commissioner signed only the second page and neglected to sign t...
South African constitutional law
South African constitutional law is the area of South African law relating to the interpretation and application of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa by the country's courts. All laws o...
Ex Parte Maurice
In Ex Parte Maurice, an important case in South African succession law, the facts were these: A few weeks before his death, the deceased forwarded a draft of his will in his own handwriting to a build...
Missing heirs
A missing heir is a person related to a decedent (dead person), or testator of a will, but whose residence, domicile, Post office, or other address is not known. A missing heir may be an orphan or ot...
Special administrator
A Special administrator is a court-appointed person who administrates a court-defined part of an estate during probate. A special administrator with expertise in automobiles, for example, would admini...
Henriques v Giles
In Henriques v Giles, an important case in the South African law of succession, a husband and wife had instructed their accountant to prepare each of their respective wills. The content of each of the...