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# Many people change their wills on their own every few years,

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Many people change their wills on their own every few years, in response to significant changes in their personal or financial circumstances. This practice can create a problem for the executor when these people are careless and do not date their wills: the executor will then often know neither which one of several undated wills is the most recent, nor whether the will drawn up last has ever been found. Therefore, people should not only date their wills but also state in any new will which will it supersedes, for then there would not be a problem to begin with.

The reasoning in the argument is flawed because the argument

(A) treats a partial solution to the stated problem as though it were a complete solution

(B) fails to distinguish between prevention of a problem and successful containment of the adverse effects that the problem might cause

(C) proposes a solution to the stated problem that does not actually solve the problem but merely makes someone else responsible for solving the problem

(D) claims that a certain action would be a change for the better without explicitly considering what negative consequences the action might have

(E) proposes that a certain action be based on information that would be unavailable at the time proposed for that action
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27 Feb 2005, 20:43
"A".", will explain if correct.
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28 Feb 2005, 00:06
(A). It sugests that dating wills and stating which wills the new one will replace is the only solution. The limiting word, 'would' and 'should' are too extreme.
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28 Feb 2005, 00:49
A) !

Problem 1: the executor will then often know neither which one of several undated wills is the most recent

Problem 2: nor whether the will drawn up last has ever been found

Solution for Problem 1: people should not only date their wills but also state in any new will which will it supersedes

Solution for Problem 2: no solution

...hence A) !
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28 Feb 2005, 00:52
nice reasoning..
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28 Feb 2005, 06:38
I was going to go for 'D' but christoph's explanation seems convincing
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28 Feb 2005, 11:37
Agree with christoph that it sovles one problem but does not solve the other. They will still not know if any will is the last will.
28 Feb 2005, 11:37
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