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what to expect on a will

gibbo

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hello,

Was it common for someone who was poor in the 1940's to have a will?
Did they mention their minor children in them? Such as who was to look after them etc.
Any insight would be appreicated
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Hi Gibbo

It is quite unlikely that a poor person left a will although not impossible. It was on the whole anyone from small shop/business owners to rich lords. But a poor person may have left his few pounds or belongings in a will.

Wills are good at naming relations and confirming relationships, plus they point towards a date of death and most post 1858 wills give the date and place of death.

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