In the substantive law of wills two theories of law are traditionally relied upon to permit consideration of extrinsic documents in the construction or expansion of a will. These two theories are the common law doctrines of incorporation by reference and independent legal significance. It is the purpose of this comment to analyze these theories of law in a dual aspect, first, to define the doctrines, applying them to their logical legal conclusions, and second, to assess the validity of various writings under existing New York law.
Incorporation by Reference and Independent Legal Significance in the New York Law of Wills,
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