Wills, Trusts, and Estates
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Before examining antilapse statutes, it is important to get a firm hold on the
common law rules regarding lapsed devises: (1) Specific or general devise. If a
specific or general devise lapses, the devise falls into the residue. Thus: Case 1.
T's will ...
(4) Void devise. Where a devisee is dead at the time the will is executed, the
devise is void. The same general rules govern the disposition of void devises as
govern lapsed devises. These common law rules are default rules; they apply
only if ...
The problem of abatement, like the problem of ademption, often turns on the
classification of a devise as general or specific. The problem of abatement arises
when the estate has insufficient assets to pay debts as well as all the devises;