Administration of Estates Act 1925

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Administration of Estates Act 1925
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to consolidate Enactments relating to the Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons
Citation15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.23
Territorial extentEngland and Wales
Royal assent9 April 1925
Commencement1 January 1926
Other legislation
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Administration of Estates Act 1925 is a law passed in 1925 in England and Wales that changed the historical rules of inheritance for example gavelkind and primogeniture to that of modern-day norms.[1] This statute does not apply to Scotland or to Northern Ireland.

In fiction[edit]

The Act plays a major role (as the 'Property Act') in the 1927 mystery novel Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers, its commencement providing the motive for a seemingly motiveless murder which Lord Peter Wimsey must solve.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Text of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from