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PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION ACT 1898 - SECT 92

Distribution of assets after notice given by executor or administrator

92 Distribution of assets after notice given by executor or administrator

(1) The executor or administrator of the estate of a testator or an intestate may distribute the assets, or any part of the assets, of that estate among the persons entitled having regard to the claims of beneficiaries (including children conceived but not yet born at the date of the death of the testator or intestate), creditors and other persons in respect of the assets of the estate of which the executor or administrator has notice at the time of distribution if:
(a) the assets are distributed at least 6 months after the testator's or intestate's death, and
(b) the executor or administrator has given notice in the form approved under section 17 of the Civil Procedure Act 2005 that the executor or administrator intends to distribute the assets in the estate after the expiration of a specified time, and
(c) the time specified in the notice is not less than 30 days after the notice is given, and
(d) the time specified in the notice has expired.
(2) An executor or administrator who distributes the assets or any part of the assets of the estate of a testator or an intestate in accordance with subsection (1) is not liable in respect of those assets or that part of those assets to any person who has a claim in respect of those assets or that part unless the executor or administrator had notice of the claim at the time of the distribution or the distribution was not made in the circumstances described in subsection (2) (a) or (b) of section 28 (Protection of personal representatives who distribute as if will had not been rectified) or section 125 (Sharing between spouses) or 126 (Distribution orders) or Part 4.4 (Indigenous persons' estates) of the Succession Act 2006 .
(3) In relation to a distribution of the assets of a testator or intestate dying after the commencement of the Children (Equality of Status) Act 1976 , an executor or administrator referred to in subsection (2) shall be deemed to have notice of the claim of any person whose entitlement to the assets or to any part of them would have become apparent if the executor or administrator had applied for and obtained a certificate under section 50 of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 .



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