Downton’s rich legal pickings By Matt Byrne 7 October 2013 00:00 17 December 2015 14:40 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 7 October 2013 at 13:37 I don’t understand how the estate is liable for death duties on Matthew’s death. He was Robert’s heir, so as Robert is still alive, Matthew never inherited. On his death his son George becomes Robert’s heir. The entail of the estate was central to Matthew’s role in Downton so why now can Mary inherite a share of the estate? Have I missed some explaination? Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.