Shane Phelan: Pot gets smaller as society changes
Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30
Our courts recognise that close relatives have a reasonable expectation of receiving an inheritance.
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.