Tuesday 17 January 2017

Shane Phelan: Pot gets smaller as society changes

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

Due to the finanical crisis and a growth in life expectancy, many people are now using their lifelong earnings to support themselves in old age
Due to the finanical crisis and a growth in life expectancy, many people are now using their lifelong earnings to support themselves in old age

Our courts recognise that close relatives have a reasonable expectation of receiving an inheritance.

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Irish law has a number of protections to ensure that spouses and children who are written out of wills can still claim an entitlement to inheritance, even if the deceased person wished otherwise.

Under the 1965 Succession Act, spouses are automatically entitled to at least one-third of an estate if there are children and half if there aren't.

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