statute of wills

statute of wills
An early English law that provided that all individuals who owned land were permitted to leave or devise two-thirds of their property to anyone by written will and testament, effective upon their death.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


statute of wills
An early English law that provided that all individuals who owned land were permitted to leave or devise two-thirds of their property to anyone by written will and testament, effective upon their death.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Statute of Wills — Infobox UK Legislation short title=Statute of Wills parliament=Parliament of England long title=The Act of Wills, Wards, and Primer Seisins, whereby a Man may devise Two Parts of his Land. statute book chapter=Hen. 8 32, c.1 introduced by=… …   Wikipedia

  • Statute of Wills — An English statute (1540; 32 Henry VIII ch 1) often said to have been the foundation of the modern English law of wills, being of most significance in its giving validity to devises of real estate not theretofore recognized at common law. 57 Am… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Wills Act 1837 — Infobox UK Legislation short title=Wills Act 1837 parliament=Parliament of the United Kingdom long title=An Act for the Amendment of the Laws with respect to Wills. statute book chapter=1 Vict. c.26 introduced by=Attorney General Sir John… …   Wikipedia

  • statute — A formal written enactment of a legislative body, whether federal, state, city, or county. An act of the legislature declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something; a particular law enacted and established by the will of the legislative… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Statute of Uses — The Statute of Uses (enacted in 1535 and effective in 1536) is an Act of the Parliament of England (27 Hen. VIII c. 10) passed during the reign of Henry VIII which converted all English equitable estates that were created through use into legal… …   Wikipedia

  • Wills Act — See Statute of Wills …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • statute of frauds — 1 often cap S&F a: a state law modeled on the English Statute of Frauds or dealing with the enforcement and requirements of agreements in particular circumstances see also statute of frauds in the important laws section compare main purpose rule; …   Law dictionary

  • Legal history of wills — Wills in the Ancient WorldThe will, if not purely Roman in origin, at least owes to Roman law its complete development, a development which in most European countries was greatly aided at a later period by ecclesiastics versed in Roman law. In… …   Wikipedia

  • Wills Act — In England, the statute 32 Hen. VIII, c. 1, passed in 1540, by which persons seized in fee simple of lands holden in socage tenure were enabled to devise the same at their will and pleasure, except to bodies corporate; and those who held estates… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2008 — Infobox UK Legislation short title=Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2008 parliament=Parliament of the United Kingdom long title=An Act to promote the reform of the statute law by the repeal, in accordance with recommendations of the Law Commission and… …   Wikipedia

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