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.
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.