Wills as Public Documents - Privacy and Property Rights

@article{Jaconelli2012WillsAP,
  title={Wills as Public Documents - Privacy and Property Rights},
  author={J. Jaconelli},
  journal={Cambridge Law Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={71},
  pages={147-171}
}
It is a long-established legal rule that the contents of a will, once it is admitted to probate, are available for inspection by any member of the public. This article is the first examination of this remarkable rule, its possible rationales, and its attendant disadvantages. Particular attention is paid to the problems of the ensuing loss of privacy. Legislative attempts to limit open access are considered together with non-legislative devices used for the same purpose: the secret trust; and… Expand
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