ELDER LAW ISSUES

Sixteenth Century Statute Reviewed By Colorado Courts

JANUARY 29, 2001 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 31 Under English practice before the sixteenth century there were no standardized requirements for making a valid will. Disposition of a decedent’s property was determined by each court under local rules and customs, and the actual division was therefore unpredictable. Henry VIII approved Parliament’s “Statute of Wills” in 1540,…

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