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General, Wills

Succession Law Reform

The Law Commission has announced the terms of reference for a review of succession law.

The law of succession is the system of rules that governs who gets a person’s property when that person dies . The Law Commission will review this law and report to the Minister with recommendations by the end of 2021.

The Law Commission will consider who should be entitled to claim property irrespective of what the deceased’s wishes are (as provided for by will) or when the deceased dies without a will.

The review will also consider the:

  • Property (Relationships) Act 1976
  • Family Protection Act 1955
  • Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949
  • Administration Act 1969.

Information about the Review of Succession Law and the full terms of reference are available on the Law Commission website.


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