Presumption of death

Inquiry status: Inquiry now finished. Report published on 22 February

The Justice Committee held a brief inquiry looking at the issues around the presumption of death in England and Wales.

Presumption of death is the process by which people can register a death where there is no body, and resolve their affairs, including financial, marital and probate.

The inquiry will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Does the current system work effectively?
  • Does the current system create difficulties for families, and if so, how can these be resolved?
  • What can we learn from the experiences of Scotland and Northern Ireland which have Presumption of Death Acts?
  • Is there a need for legislative or procedural change in England and Wales? If so, what form should these changes take?

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 21 July 2010.

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