Guernsey States agree inheritance law changes

A new inheritance law for the Bailiwick has been approved by the States of Guernsey.

After three hours of debate deputies voted 27 to 18 in favour of replacing the current system of forced heirship with that of testamentary freedom.

It will give islanders the freedom to dispose of their property in a will as they wish.

Deputy Mary Lowe, of the Inheritance Law Review Committee, said it was the right time to bring the law up to date.

The changes will also make it easier to challenge wills.

An attempt to stop debate on the proposed changes to was narrowly defeated as the guillotine motion was defeated by 24 votes to 21.

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