Wills and probate

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Probate documents

Wills are legal documents relating to the dispersal of property following the death of the owner (the testator).

Letters of administration (admons) are granted to disperse a deceased person’s property if they either did not leave a will or left an invalid will.

Inventories are valuations of household goods, accompanying a will or administration. For Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, inventories survive for the 16th to 18th centuries. Sometimes, an inventory may be the only surviving probate document.

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