The present work, the Law of Wills was initially got out in the year 1963 by Gopalkrishnan and the present Seventh Edition 2009 has been revised by Shri Hari Dev Kohli who has revised many other books. The present book deals with Wills of all Communities including exhaustive case law alongwith Model forms of Wills and relevant statutes. The Will is a document which comes into force after the death of the executant. This special document requires a special mode of proof as required under the Indian Succession Act. Where the execution of the Will is surrounded by suspicious circumstances, the suspicion cannot be removed by the mere assertion of the propounder that the Will bears the signatures of the testator who was in a sound disposing state of mind and memory at the time he made the Will. Therefore, the author, with this vision in mind, devoting special attention, made a laudable attempt to present the book in a comprehensive manner, dividing the subject-matter under various chapters to enable the readers to digest it without any confusion.
The book has been divided into as many as 87 chapters which deals with subject of Will, kinds of Wills, Nature of the Will, Domicile, Freedom of Testation, Who can make a Will, Requisites of a Valid Will, Hindu Will, Mohammedan Will, Hindu Succession Act, Indian Succession Act, Statutory Law, Will Defined, Domicile Will by incorporation, Informal Wills, Time when Will speaks, Revocation, Revocation by destruction, Conditional revocation, Wills by donee of power, Republication, Alterations, etc. The book also contains list of table of cases as well a list of statutes referred, Forms and Precedents. The utility of the books has been enhanced by adding the index which gives reference of the latest law on the subject. The present revised edition of this commentary, a classic on the law of Wills, is an exhaustive study of the law of Wills in all its aspects, extending from the Indian Sucession Act, the relevant provisions of the Indian Evidence Act, principles bearing on the appreciation of evidence, and interaction with other laws. It is an analytical, comparative and critical study of the case law brought update in a lucid language, weeding out overruled cases, unnecessary and obsolete material. The present revised edition is a vast improvement upon its predecessor carried out with painstaking care and meticulous accuracy.
Therefore, this book will be found very useful by the Members of the Bar, who will find it very helpful to locate the law on the subject. We recommend it to all our readers forcefully. The get up of the book is excellent.