- Jennifer Seymour, Jennifer SeymourTeaching Associate in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
- Clare Firth, Clare FirthSenior Lecturer in Legal Practice, University of Sheffield
- Lucy Crompton, Lucy CromptonFreelance Legal Academic
- Helen Fox,
- Frances Seabridge, Frances SeabridgeTeaching Fellow in Law at Aston University
- Susan Wigglesworth
- and Elizabeth SmartElizabeth SmartHead of Law, Sheffield Hallam University
This chapter discusses the law underlying the entitlement to a person’s property on his or her death. It considers the law of ‘testate succession’ where the deceased has left a will; the law of ‘intestate succession’ if there is no will, or if any will left by the deceased is not wholly effective to dispose of their estate; the law governing devolution of property not passing under the terms of the deceased’s will or the operation of the intestacy rules; and the law enabling members of the family or dependants of the deceased to make claims for provision against the estate.