The work is the amalgamation of two famous works. The first being Williams on Executors initially written by Sir Edward Vaughan Williams, an immensely influential lawyer and judge of the 20th century who was succeeded as editor of this work by his son, Roland, who also became a judge in the Court of Appeal. The second work is Mortimer on Probate written by Clifford Mortimer – made famous by John Mortimer’s autobiographical play “Voyage Round my Father”.
The current editors have sought to keep the book up to date whilst retaining some historical analysis and information which is increasing difficult to find in other books on this subject. Of particular interest is the authoritative material on testamentary capacity provided by Professor Robin Jacoby of Oxford University.