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Old 11-10-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default (01) Inheritance

Primarily the kingdom's laws follow male primogeniture. Girls may inherit in absence of a direct male heir (though some fiefs are entailed to ONLY male heirs), and the estate will then pass into their husband's line. In the absence of an heir, the liege lord may grant the fief to another family. Usually female heirs will be passed over in favor of uncles or cousins, but not always.

In the case of the Crown: If the king has no son, theoretically his daughter may inherit but historically the daughters have usually been wedded to a cousin or male relative for surety if the king has no sons to insure the succession. Inheritance solely through the female line is simply too weak of a case to be considered legitimate, and is seen as a sure invitation to civil war.

The age of majority for males is 16, and for females is 17. If a noble child inherits an estate prior to these ages they will be appointed as wards of their liege lord- excepting only if the heir is a female already wed to a lord who is of age in which case the estate will be handed to her husband’s care. If a merchant’s child inherits while underage and their father has not drawn up a will, their fate will be decided by the lord of their town.

Noblewomen may hold property and incomes in their own right if granted such directly by the crown, but upon their death these holdings become a part of their husbands’ households.

Noblemen can designate that their wife receive incomes (up to ⅓ of the total incomes) from their holdings for the entirety of her lifetime regardless of whether he dies first- the crown and court have historically upheld that the woman shall keep those incomes until her death regardless of whether the husband's death has rendered the property to the next heir.
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