Georgia Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 1972), pp. 268-310


The makeup of the class of beneficiaries and the composition of the property affected by a will may be substantially altered by events occurring after the execution of the will by the testator. Naturally, such alterations may materially disrupt the testamentary plan. Such changes in beneficiaries typically involve the application of the state's so-called lapse statutes. In his Article, Professor Chaffin explores the Georgia statutory scheme and the problems which have arisen thereunder. In a subsequent article to appear in this volume, he will investigate the effects of ademption and abatement of property passing under the will.