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LONDON:
STEVENS AND SONS, 119, CHANCERY LANE,

Lal Booksellers and Publishers.

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PREFAOE.

Every Practitioner knows that there is a considerable number of statutes which, in the absence of any contrary intention appearing in Wills, have a very important influence thereon, and in some cases, are in part grafted in, and become, to all intents and purposes, parts thereof. It is therefore of obvious importance, that the extent of this influence be understood by and explained to every Testator by his Solicitor, so that the Testator may be in possession of sufficient information on the subject, to enable him to determine whether to adopt, to abridge, or to negative the powers and provisions of the statutes exerting such influence. This being so, it has frequently occurred to the author, that it would be of considerable assistance to Solicitors engaged in the preparation of Wills, if they had, in a convenient and portable form, a book of reference to such of the statutes as particularly relate to this subject. With a view of supplying this want, the following pages have been written. The author has therein made a variety of suggestions, by means of which he has introduced and linked together, sections from a considerable number of very important Acts of Parliament. These sections are set out verbatim. Special reference is made to the Wills Amendment Act, to Charitable Uses, and Gifts to Charities, to the appointment of Testamentary Guardian, to Investments by and the powers of Trustees under Lord St. Leonards' and Lord Cranworth's Acts respectively ; whilst several other acts, requiring attention from the Practitioner, are incidently referred to all which, the author confidently hopes may be of use to Solicitors and their Articled Clerks, not only in the preparation of Wills, but also in construing them.

31st January, 1874.

J. R.

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