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Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Sponsors:
Mr Greg Knight
Lord Hunt of Wirral

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011 c.7 14.07.2011

Latest news on the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 July. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011

The Bill would give general effect, with modifications, to the recommendations of the Law Commission in its 2005 report, 'The Forfeiture Rule and the Law of Succession', which were accepted by the Labour Government in 2006. Similar provisions to those contained in the Bill were included in the Draft Civil Law Reform Bill which the Labour Government published for consultation in December 2009. The Coalition Government has announced that it does not intend to proceed with that draft Bill.

The Bill would, in certain circumstances, protect the inheritance rights of the descendants of people who have

  • forfeited their inheritance by killing the deceased; or
  • decided not to accept their own inheritance.

The Ministry of Justice has indicated that it will support the Bill and has assisted with drafting both the Bill and the Explanatory Notes published with it.

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