The government has announced that the Presumption of Death Act 2013 will come into force on 1 October 2014.
The Act will allow the High Court to make a single declaration, that a missing person is presumed to have died at a particular date and time. Currently there are separate procedures that apply for different purposes, such as dissolving a marriage or civil partnership. This Act will be applied to all circumstances.
The court will also have powers to determine any question relating to interests in property that may arise as a result of a declaration and to determine a missing person’s home at the time of their presumed death.
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