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Inheritance: Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession

Volume 687: debated on Monday 18 December 2006

In July 2005, the Law Commission of England and Wales published its report The Forfeiture Rule and the Law of Succession (Law Com No. 295). The report recommends the reform of the law relating to the distribution of the estates of deceased persons where a legacy is forfeited or disclaimed. I am very grateful to the Law Commission for its report.

The Government have carefully considered the report and are pleased to announce that they accept all of the Law Commission's recommendations subject to minor modifications. Legislation will be introduced when parliamentary time allows.