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Succession law reform

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission has published its final report in the Review of Succession Law project.

The report, He arotake I te āheinga ki ngā rawa a te tangata ka mate ana | Review of succession law rights to a person’s property on deathon is available on the project page on the Commission’s website.

The report, which runs to 402 page is comprehensive.

The report recommends the repeal of the Family Protection Act 1955 and for a new Act that would provide for family provisions awards for partners and would allow certain family members of the deceased to apply to the court for a family provision award. The family provision awards for children are summarised as follows:

The proposals set out in the report also include an anti-avoidance provision so that there can be the means to meet awards. This is summarised in the report as follows:


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