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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.

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