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The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014: changes to intestacy rules and claims for family provision on death (£)
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Her Honour Nasreen Pearce Retired Circuit Judge
In 2011 the Law Comission published its report Intestacy and Family Provisions Claims on Death
Law Com 331 (2011)) in which it recommended reform of the law on intestacy and family provision claims on death including a proposal that certain cohabitants should be entitled to inheritance rights. Its recommendations were set out in two draft bills annexed to its report - the Inheritance and Trustees Powers Bill and the Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill. After considerable pressure from the Law Commission the Government accepted the Commission’s recommendations in Parts 2 -7 of its report by giving effect to the draft Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill. The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords on 30 July 2013 and received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. It came into force on 1 October 2014 by commencement order 2014/2039
. The Act reforms:
- The intestacy rules contained in the Administration of Estates Act 1925 and the ...
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