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When owning property, one may harbor the thought that he may dispose of it as he sees fit. However, that individual must appreciate the historical derivation of our laws dealing with the right of ownership of property. If one were to go back to the roots of our common law, there was a time when property was owned by the crown and disbursed at the pleasure of the monarch. Gradually, laws evolved permitting ownership on a limited basis by individuals who were eventually given the right by the Statute of Wills to dispose of their property by will, and if they did not exercise that right, then the law provided for distribution through inheritance rights.

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