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Administration of Estates Act 1925

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(1)References to any Statutes of Distribution in an instrument inter vivos made or in a will coming into operation after the commencement of this Act, shall be construed as references to this Part of this Act; and references in such an instrument or will to statutory next of kin shall be construed, unless the context otherwise requires, as referring to the persons who would take beneficially on an intestacy under the foregoing provisions of this Part of this Act.

(2)Trusts declared in an instrument inter vivos made, or in a will coming into operation, before the commencement of this Act by reference to the Statutes of Distribution, shall, unless the contrary thereby appears, be construed as referring to the enactments (other than the M1Intestates’ Estates Act, 1890) relating to the distribution of effects of intestates which were in force immediately before the commencement of this Act.

[F1(3)In subsection (1) of this section the reference to this Part of this Act, or the foregoing provisions of this Part of this Act, shall in relation to an instrument inter vivos made, or a will or codicil coming into operation, after the coming into force of section 18 of the Family Law Reform Act 1987 (but not in relation to instruments inter vivos made or wills or codicils coming into operation earlier) be construed as including references to that section.]

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C1S. 50(1) modified by Intestates' Estates Act 1952 (c. 64), s. 6(2) and Family Law Reform Act 1969 (c. 46), s. 14(6).

S. 50(1) modified (8.11.1995) by 1995 c. 41, s. 1(4)

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