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Succession/Inheritance Law

Greetings from Australia,

Are any of you familiar with Succession law in the UK?

I have a tip off from a friend that a will may be appealed by charities who were not left any money from the estate who had a reasonable expectation that they would. My friend is not a law student, and neither was the person she talked to.
I am doing a thesis on moral responsibility and property rights in Australia (but it is in poitical science, I am also about to talk to a law professor, just thought I would check here first.)

I am sorry if this is completely the wrong place to post - suggestions of other places most welcome.

Any help would be most appreciated.
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In the Requirements of Writing Act (Scotland) it is stated that wills are one of the the forms of agreement which must be ratified by legal writing, ie witnessed and signed. So I doubt that they could appeal the law in Scotland. I also know that English law does not recognise benevolence as such so I don't know what the position would be. I do know that there have been quite a few cases where people have tried to claim that the deceased in question intended to bequeath them something or other and UK law tends to dismiss this out of hand.
Oxfam have a scheme where they try to encourage people to leave money to Oxfam, if they seem to be interested in doing so by assisting them in sorting out the legal technicalities.
This is an interesting new area of fundraising I think!