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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998

More about the Will Original Article

from James O’Fee
David Gaston, Solicitor, who originally found the copy of C. S. Lewis’s
Will in Belfast writes:

I am surprised at the interest which has been generated in the copy of the
Will which I unearthed. As a document of public record I had assumed it
was already in the public domain. I am not sure if I can be of much help
but will try my best. I would reply to your queries as follows;
a. Alas, my copy of the Will is no clearer. I think that the figures you
give are correct.
b. The nett value of an Estate is the value of the assets (gross value)
less the liabilities. In this case I assume that there were liabilities
other than Estate Duty, such as funeral costs and outstanding Bills.
c. It is clear from the Probate that there was a Codicil to the Will.
Unfortunately I do not have a copy of it.
d. It was some years ago that I came across the Will amongst a bundle of
title deeds. I have since forgotten the address of the property concerned
but it was a small house in East Belfast. I assume that it was one of the
properties referred to in Clause 6 of the Will
e. I do not understand George Sayer’s reference to a legacy of 100.00
toPaxford. There are four such beneficiaries named in the Will. Paxford
is not one of them. Perhaps he was mentioned in the missing Codicil.
You should be able to obtain a copy of the Probate, Will and Codicil from
either the Principal Probate Registry or from the Public Records Office.
This will be easier now that the date of the Probate is known, i.e. 1st
April 1964.