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Duchy of Lancaster Act 1920

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3Provisions as to the Duchy solicitor.

(1)The person for the time being holding the office of solicitor for the affairs of the Duchy of Lancaster (in this Act referred to as " the Duchy solicitor ") shall be a corporation sole by the name of " The solicitor for the affairs of the Duchy of Lancaster," and by that name shall have perpetual succession with a capacity to acquire and hold in that name real and personal property of every description, to execute deeds, using an official seal, to enter into engagements binding on himself and his successors in office, and to do all other acts necessary or expedient to be done in the execution of the duties of his office.

(2)Any document purporting to be sealed with the said official seal shall be receivable in evidence of the particulars stated in that document.

(3)Where, by reason of His Majesty having become entitled in right of the Duchy of Lancaster to the personal estate of an intestate or otherwise, any court has power to grant administration of the personal estate of any deceased person to a nominee of His Majesty, sections two, six and seven of the Treasury Solicitor Act, 1876. shall apply as if herein re-enacted and in terms, made applicable to this Act, and to the Duchy solicitor, and to property to which His Majesty is entitled in right of the Duchy of Lancaster.

(4)An assistant solicitor for the affairs of the Duchy of Lancaster may, on behalf of the Duchy solicitor, do all such things as an assistant solicitor for the affairs of His Majesty's Treasury is authorised by section three of the Act aforesaid to do on behalf of the Treasury solicitor, and that section, with the necessary adaptations, shall apply accordingly.

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