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Family Provision Act 1966

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1Increase 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 section, section 46(1) of the Administration of Estates Act 1925, as amended by section 1 of the Intestates' Estates Act 1952 and set out in Schedule 1 to that Act, shall apply as if the net sums charged by paragraph (i) on the residuary estate in favour of a surviving husband or wife were as follows, that is to say.—

(a)under paragraph (2) of the Table (which charges a net sum of £5,000 where the intestate leaves issue) a sum of £8,750 or of such larger amount as may from time to time be fixed by order of the Lord Chancellor; and

(b)under paragraph (3) of the Table (which charges a net sum of £20,000 where the intestate leaves certain close relatives but no issue) a sum of £30,000 or of such larger amount as may from time to time be so fixed.

(2)Accordingly in relation to the estate of a person dying after the coming into force of this section sections 46, 48 and 49 (as so amended and set out) of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 shall be further amended as follows:—

(a)in the Table in section 46(1)(i) for the words " net sum of £5,000 " in paragraph (2), and for the words " net sum of £20,000 " in paragraph (3), there shall in each case be substituted the words

fixed net sum, and at the end of the Table there shall be added—

(b)in sections 46(4) and 48(2)(a) for the words " the net sum of £5,000 or, as the case may be, £20,000 and in section 49(1)(aa) for the words " the net sum of £5,000 or £20,000 ", there shall in each case be substituted the words

the fixed net sum;

and any reference in any other enactment to the said net sum of £5,000 or the said net sum of £20,000 shall have effect as a reference to the corresponding net sum of the amount fixed by or under this section.

(3)Any order of the Lord Chancellor under this section fixing the amount of either of the said net sums shall have effect (and, so far as relates to that sum, shall supersede any previous order) in relation to the estate of any person dying after the coming into force of the order.

(4)Any order of the Lord Chancellor under this section shall be made by statutory instrument, and a draft of the statutory instrument shall be laid before Parliament.

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