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Does the law still stand where the eldest son of the family can take all the contents of the family home on the death of the parents?

No. The right of the eldest son to inherit the whole of his father’s land where there was no will – known as primogeniture – was finally abolished by the Administration of Estates Act 1925. Primogeniture wasn’t universal in any case; in Bristol and Nottingham the property passed to the youngest son! These days, if neither parent leaves a will the survivor’s estate will be divided equally among the children. If your elder brother has started helping himself see a solicitor.

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