||Title:||INHERITANCE (PROVISION FOR FAMILY AND DEPENDANTS) ORDINANCE||Gazette Number:|
|Section:||22||Heading:||Provisions as to personal representatives||Version Date:||30/06/1997|
(1) This Ordinance shall not render the personal representative of a deceased person liable for having distributed any part of the estate of the deceased, after the end of the period of 6 months from the date on which representation with respect to the estate of the deceased is first taken out, on the ground that he ought to have taken into account the possibility-
but this subsection shall not prejudice any power to recover, by reason of the making of an order under this Ordinance, any part of the estate so distributed.
(a) that the court might permit the making of an application for an order under section 4 after the end of that period; or
(b) that, where an order has been made under section 4, the court might exercise in relation thereto the powers conferred on it by section 8,
(2) Where the personal representative of a deceased person pays any sum directed by an order under section 7 to be paid out of the deceased's net estate, he shall not be under any liability by reason of that estate not being sufficient to make the payment, unless at the time of making the payment he has reasonable cause to believe that the estate is not sufficient.
(3) Where a deceased person entered into a contract by which he agreed to leave by his will any sum of money or other property to any person or by which he agreed that a sum of money or other property would be paid or transferred to any person out of his estate, then, if the personal representative of the deceased has reason to believe that the deceased entered into the contract with the intention of defeating an application for financial provision under this Ordinance, he may, notwithstanding anything in that contract, postpone the payment of that sum of money or the transfer of that property until the expiration of the period of 6 months from the date on which representation with respect to the estate of the deceased is first taken out or, if during that period an application is made for an order under section 4, until the determination of the proceedings on that application.
(Enacted 1995) [cf. 1975 c. 63 s. 20 U.K.]