illegitimate children & inheriting
Posted by Kathy F. on August 16, 1998 at 00:23:10:
I understand entails, prenuptial agreements, etc., and have read most of the posts from the archives dealing with illegitimate children, but would like to know a few more particulars that were not precisely addressed (to the best of my knowledge), if any of you have any knowledge on this subject, or could direct me to a source where I could find it myself.
If Mr. Bennet had had an illegitimate son, would Mr. Collins still have inherited Longbourn had Mr. Bennet recognized the son in the will, or would the entail still have Mr. Collins (being legitimate) as the inheritor? W/o an entail or prenuptial papers, *could* a man leave his estate to anyone? Would a relative (child, nephew, cousin) try to sue for the land/money? What are the odds that a man would try to find an illegitimate half-brother or sister that had been raised away from the family, (like Harriet Smith in Mrs. Goddard's school)?
Thanks in advance for any information on this topic!
- illegitimacy and entails, etc. Linden 19:43:44 8/16/98 (3)
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