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An ambiguous inheritance (Posted on 2017-07-25) Difficulty: 3 of 5
This particular problem is attributed to Alcuin. The wording does not give sufficient information to answer the question without making legal assumptions. Please share your assumptions with your solution.

A dying man left 960 shillings and a pregnant wife. He directed that if a boy was born, he should receive three-quarters of the whole and the child's mother should receive one-quarter. But if a daughter was born, she would receive seven-twelfths, and her mother five-twelfths. It happened however that twins were born - a boy and a girl. How much should the mother receive, how much the son, and how much the daughter?

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Interesting | Comment 3 of 4 |

Since equality is equity, apply the pari passu rule first, and divide the estate in half before computing the shares severally:

Mother gets 960/2*1/4+960/2*5/12 = 320

Boy gets 960/2*3/4= 360.

Girl gets 960/2*7/12 = 280.

The link given shows a much more complicated way of reaching the same result.

  Posted by broll on 2017-07-25 22:27:43
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