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BY NIEL GOW,
PRINTED FOR R. PHENEY, CHARLES HUNTER, J. AND
W. T. CLARKE, AND H. BUTTERWORTH.
THE ELEVENTH EDITION.
The Editor having been induced to undertake the publication of this edition of Mr. Lovelass's Work, feels it incumbent upon himself to state, that he has not in any instance altered or interfered with the original text, except by expunging that part of it which imperfectly detailed the expence attendant upon the procuring of probate or letters of administration. The new matter incorporated in this edition, consists of the cases adjudged, both since and previous to the appearance of the last edition; and also of various statutes relating to the subject of the Treatise. These, the Editor has reduced into the form of notes, which are throughout referred to by figures. He has also corrected the Appendix, with reference to the new Stamp Duties, and has added a new and more copious Index.
London, July 1823.
FROM the number of books which contain the science of our law, and the numerous applications to persons conversant therein, for advice concerning the title to real and personal estate in cases of intestacy; it is indisputably clear that no selection could be made from the venerable pile of law-learning, more immediately useful, than that which relates to the estates of persons dying intestate ; and of this the Author being well convinced, was led to select the first part of this Work; to which, since it was published, he has made very considerable additions, and copiously treated on the law relative to wills and testaments; laying down the whole with such clearness and perspicuity, as to render the same perfectly intelligible and easy of comprehension to those unacquainted with the system of our law, or the phrases commonly used by writers thereon.
In the first impression of this Work, entitled, “ The
Will which the Law makes,” &c. care was taken in explaining the different kinds of estates and effects a man might die possessed of, and in what manner the law would operate on failure of his having made any disposition thereof; shewing who would be entitled to the administration of his personal estate, and the method to