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|Text of statute as originally enacted|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 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. This statute does not apply to Scotland or to Northern Ireland.
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.
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