Administration of Estates Act 1925
|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Act to consolidate Enactments relating to the Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons|
|Citation||15 & 16 Geo. 5 c.23|
|Territorial extent||England and Wales|
|Royal assent||9 April 1925|
|Commencement||1 January 1926|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Administration of Estates Act 1925 is an Act passed in 1925 by the British Parliament that consolidated, reformed, and simplified the rules relating to the administration of estates in England and Wales.
- all existing rules of descent (whether arising from the common law, custom, gavelkind, Borough English or otherwise)
- tenancy by the curtesy and any other estate a husband may have where his wife dies intestate
- dower, freebench and any other estate a wife may have where her husband dies intestate
- escheat to the Crown, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall, or to a mesne lord
The rules governing the distribution of intestate estates were replaced by a single statutory framework.
Later significant amendments
The Act has been subsequently amended in certain respects by the following:
The Act plays a major role (as the 'Property Act') in the 1927 mystery novel Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers, its commencement with respect to intestate estates providing the motive for a seemingly motiveless murder which Lord Peter Wimsey must solve.
- Act, s. 2
- Act, s. 45
- Act, s. 46
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