Intestacy in UK Law

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  • Marshall (Inspector of Taxes) v Kerr
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Jun 1994

    In English law the rights of a testamentary legatee in the unadministered estate of a testator are well settled: see Lord Sudeley v. Attorney General [1897] A.C. 11 and Commissioner of Stamp Duties (Queensland) v. Livingston [1965] A.C. 694. A legatee's right is to have the estate duly administered by the personal representatives in accordance with law. But during the period of administration the legatee has no legal or equitable interest in the assets comprised in the estate.

  • Re Whitrick, deceased ; Sutcliffe v Sutcliffe
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Mai 1957

    Many wills contain slips and omissions and fail to provide for oontlngencies which to anyone reading the will, mlight appear contingencies for which any testator would obviously wish to provide. This type of treatment of an imperfect will is only legitimate where the court can collect from the four corners of the docuisent that something has been omitted and, further, collect with sufficient precision the nature of the omission.

  • Finnegan v Cementation Company Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 15 Abr 1953

    As to the law, so far as this Court is concerned it seems to me to be settled by the cases of Ingall -v- Moran and Hilton -v- Sutton Steam Laundry and, I may add, Burns -v- Campbell, reported in 1951, 2 All England Reports at page 965, that an action commenced by a plaintiff in a representative capacity which the plaintiff does not in fact possess is a nullity, and, further, that it makes no difference that the claim made in such an action is a claim under the Fatal Accidents Acts which the plaintiff could have supported in a personal capacity as being one of the dependants to whom the benefit of the Acts extends.

  • Re Krubert (Deceased)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 27 Jun 1996

    In the latter case the provision referred to is such financial provision as it would be reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the applicant to receive for his or her maintenance. In the former it is such financial provision as it would be reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for a husband or wife to receive whether or not it is required for his or her maintenance.

  • Burrows v HM Coroner for Preston
    • Queen's Bench Division
    • 15 Mai 2008

    At common law if there is no property in the body of a deceased person various people have rights and duties in relation to it. First, the deceased's personal representatives, the executors of the will or the administrators of the estate when the deceased dies intestate, have the right to determine the mode and place of disposal of the body, even where other members of the family object.

    In the light of Buchanan v Milton, the domestic law is clear. If there are no personal representatives, then it must be asked: who has the best claim to be appointed as administrator of a deceased person's estate. As demonstrated by the result in Buchanan, the situations where the order of priority will be varied will be rare indeed.

  • National Westminster Bank Plc v Luke Lucas and Others
    • Chancery Division
    • 11 Mar 2014

    The Bank was entitled to point out, as it did, that the court would wish to supervise any question of replacement of the executor and that the views of others, including the PI Claimants, would be relevant matters to be taken into account in relation to such a question.

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