Start date
01 July 1996
04 473 3453
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Project Overview

This project reviews the law of succession. This is the law which governs how a person's property is to be dealt with when they die.

Terms of Reference 

The purpose of the project is to review, reform and develop

  • the Wills Act 1837 (UK)
  • the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949
  • the Family Protection Act 1955
  • the Matrimonial Property Act 1963, and
  • the Administration Act 1969.

The ultimate aim is to have a new Succession Act drafted in plain language which will

  • provide for all these succession laws in one statute
  • simplify the law.
  • enable better effect to be given to the intentions of will-makers, and
  • take account of the diversity of New Zealand families.