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Administration of Estates Act 1925

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Administration of Estates Act 1925
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to consolidate Enactments relating to the Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons
Citation15 & 16 Geo. 5. c. 23
Territorial extent England and Wales
Royal assent9 April 1925
Commencement1 January 1926
Other legislation
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Administration of Estates Act 1925 (15 & 16 Geo. 5. c. 23) is an act passed in 1925 by the British Parliament that consolidated, reformed, and simplified the rules relating to the administration of estates in England and Wales.

Principal reforms[edit]

All authority that a personal representative had with respect to chattels real (such as fixtures) was extended to cover any matter dealing with real estate as well.[1]

With respect to the property of any estate (excepting entailed interests), there were abolished:[2]

The rules governing the distribution of intestate estates were replaced by a single statutory framework.[3]

Later significant amendments[edit]

The Act has been subsequently amended in certain respects by the following:

In fiction[edit]

The Act plays a major role (as the 'Property Act') in the 1927 mystery novel Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers, its commencement with respect to intestate estates providing the motive for a seemingly motiveless murder which Lord Peter Wimsey must solve.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Act, s. 2
  2. ^ Act, s. 45
  3. ^ Act, s. 46