Intestacy in UK Law

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Leading Cases
  • Marshall (Inspector of Taxes) v Kerr
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Junio 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.

  • Finnegan v Cementation Company Ltd
    • Court of Appeal
    • 15 Abril 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 Whitrick, deceased ; Sutcliffe v Sutcliffe
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Mayo 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.

  • Re Krubert (Deceased)
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 Junio 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 Mayo 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.

  • Ronex Properties Ltd v John Laing Construction Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 22 Julio 1982

    Where it is thought to be clear that there is a defence under the Limitation Act, the defendant can either plead that defence and seek the trial of a preliminary issue or, in a very clear case, he can seek to strike out the claim upon the ground that it is frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the process of the court and support his application with evidence. But in no circumstances can he seek to strike out on the ground that no cause of action is disclosed.

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Legislation
  • Administration on Intestacy Act 1357
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1357
  • Family Provision Act 1966
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1966
    ...... S-1 . Increase of net sum payable to surviving husband or wife on intestacy. 1 Increase of net sum payable to surviving husband or wife on intestacy. . (1) In the case of a person dying after the coming into. force of this ......
  • Succession (Scotland) Act 1964
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1964
    ......intestacy. 1 Assimilation of heritage to moveables for purpose of devolution on intestacy. . (1) The whole of the intestate estate of any person dying. ......
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 1975
    ......of this Act on the ground that the disposition of the deceased's. estate effected by his will or the law relating to intestacy, or. the combination of his will and that law, is not such as to make. reasonable financial provision for the applicant. . (2) In this Act ......
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Trying to Square the Circle: Comparative Remarks on the Rights of the Surviving Spouse on Intestacy
    • Núm. , Enero 2020
    • Edinburgh Law Review
    • 123-131
  • Enduring Love? Attitudes to Family and Inheritance Law in England and Wales
    • Núm. 38-2, Junio 2011
    • Journal of Law and Society
    This paper reports on the findings from a large‐scale study of public attitudes to inheritance law, particularly the rules on intestacy. It argues that far from the assumption that the family' is i...
    ...... Morrell** This paper reports on the findings from a large-scale study of public attitudes to inheritance law, particularly the rules on intestacy. It argues that far from the assumption that the ` family' is in terminal decline, people in England and Wales still view their most important ......
  • Introduction
    • Núm. , Enero 2020
    • Edinburgh Law Review
    • 110-111
    ......Yet, or perhaps precisely because of its importance, it is challenging to design a satisfactory set of intestacy rules, not least because of the need to balance manifold interests. Moreover, it is notoriously difficult to reach consensus about what the exact ......
  • Concluding Reflections
    • Núm. , Enero 2020
    • Edinburgh Law Review
    • 147-152
    ......, that due to the lack of coordination between intestate succession laws and legal rights, a surviving spouse may be better off under intestacy than as sole beneficiary under the deceased's will, and thus may be inclined to create an artificial intestacy, at the expense of the deceased's ......
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