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Wills - Construction - Meaning Of "Issue" In Testamentary Gifts, Daniel Hodgman Feb 1939

Wills - Construction - Meaning Of "Issue" In Testamentary Gifts, Daniel Hodgman

Michigan Law Review

Two recent cases illustrate a trend in the judicial construction of the word "issue" in wills which seems to be divergent from the view expressed in the older cases.

In Re Thompson's Estate there was a bequest to A and B for their lives and at the death of the survivor "one half thereof to the living issue of each daughter, if there then be such issue of each, whether of the first or succeeding generations." At the death of the survivor there were six children of A and two grandchildren, issue of living children, and there were two children …