Probates (Resealing) Act

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Probates (Resealing) MONTSERRAT
CHAPTER 3.09
PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT and Related Legislation
Revised Edition showing the law as at 1 January 2002
This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Revised Edition of the Laws Act.
This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws—
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PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT 3 Act 10 of 1937 .. in force 8 December 1937
Amended by Act 24 of 1956
" " " " 2 of 2001
COLONIAL PROBATES ACT 1892 7 U.K. Act 1892 (55 Vict. c.6) .. in force 20 May 1892
MONTSERRAT
CHAPTER 3.09
PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT and Related Legislation
Revised Edition showing the law as at 1 January 2002
This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Revised Edition of the Laws Act.
This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws—
Page
PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT 3 Act 10 of 1937 .. in force 8 December 1937
Amended by Act 24 of 1956
" " " " 2 of 2001
COLONIAL PROBATES ACT 1892 7 U.K. Act 1892 (55 Vict. c.6) .. in force 20 May 1892
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LAWS OF MONTSERRAT
CHAPTER 3.09
PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
SECTION
1. Short title 2. Interpretation 3. Sealing of probates and letters of administration granted outside
Montserrat 4. Conditions to be fulfilled before sealing 5. Security for payment of debts 6. Duplicate or copy admissible 7. Rules of Court
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CHAPTER 3.09
PROBATES (RESEALING) ACT
(Acts 10 of 1937 and 24 of 1956)
Commencement
[8 December 1937]
Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the Probates (Resealing) Act.
Interpretation
2. In this Act—
“British Court in a foreign country” means any British Court having jurisdiction out of Her Majesty’s dominions in pursuance of an Order in Council, whether made under any Act or otherwise;
“Court of Probate” means any Court or authority, by whatever name designated, having jurisdiction in matters of probate;
“Her Majesty’s dominions” includes any British protectorate or protected state and any territory in respect of which a mandate or trusteeship is being exercised by Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom or the Government of any part of Her Majesty’s dominions;
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“probate” and “letters of administration” include confirmation in Scotland, and any instrument having in any other part of Her Majesty’s dominions the same effect which under English law is given to probate and letters of administration respectively;
“stamp duty” includes any duty payable on the value of the estate and effects for which probate or letters of administration is or are granted.
Sealing of probates and letters of administration granted outside Montserrat
3. Where a Court of Probate in any part of Her Majesty’s dominions, the Commonwealth, or a British Court in a foreign country, has, either before or after the passing of this Act, granted probate or letters of administration in respect of the estate of a deceased person, the probate or letters so granted may, on being produced to, and a copy thereof deposited with the High Court, be sealed with the seal of that Court, and thereupon shall be of the like force and effect, and have the same operation in Montserrat as if granted by that Court. (Amended by Act 2 of 2001)
Conditions to be fulfilled before sealing
4. The Court shall, before sealing a probate or letters of administration under this Act, be satisfied—
(a) that stamp duty has been paid in respect of so much, if any, of the estate as is liable to stamp duty in Montserrat; and
(b) in the case of letters of administration, that security has been given in a sum sufficient in amount to cover the property, if any, in Montserrat to which the letters of administration relate;
and may require such evidence, if any, as it thinks fit as to the domicile of the deceased person.
Security for payment of debts
5. Court may also, if it thinks fit, on the application of any creditor, require, before sealing, that adequate security be given for the payment of debts due from the estate to creditors residing in Montserrat.
Duplicate or copy admissible
6. For the purposes of this Act, a duplicate of any probate or letters of administration sealed with the seal of the Court granting the same, or a copy thereof certified as correct by or under the authority of the Court granting the same, shall have the same effect as the original.
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Rules of Court
7 (1) Rules of Court may be made for regulating the procedure and practice, including fees and costs in the High Court, on and incidental to an application for sealing a probate or letters of administration granted under this Act.
(2) Subject to any exceptions and modifications made by such rules, the enactments for the time being in force on relation to stamp duty, including the penal provisions thereof, shall apply, as if the person who applies for sealing under this Act were applying for probate on letters of administration.
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LAWS OF MONTSERRAT
CHAPTER 3.09
COLONIAL PROBATES ACT 1892
(U.K. Act 1892 (55 Vict. c.6))
Commencement
[20 May 1892]
Application of Act by Order in Council
1. Her Majesty the Queen may, on being satisfied that the legislature of any British possession has made adequate provision for the recognition in that possession of probates and letters of administration granted by the courts of the United Kingdom, direct by Order in Council that this Act shall, subject to any exceptions and modifications specified in the Order, apply to that possession, and thereupon, while the Order is in force, this Act shall apply accordingly.
Sealing in United Kingdom of Colonial Probates and Letters of Administration
2 (1) Where a court of probate in a British possession to which this Act applies has granted probate or letters of administration in respect of the estate of a deceased person, the probate or letters so granted may, on being produced to, and a copy thereof deposited with, a court of probate in the United Kingdom, be sealed with the seal of that court, and, thereupon, shall be of the like force and effect, and have the same operation in the United Kingdom, as if granted by that court.
(2) Provided that the court shall, before sealing a probate or letters of administration under this section, be satisfied—
(a) that probate duty has been paid in respect of so much (if any) of the estate as is liable to probate duty in the United Kingdom; and
(b) in the case of letters of administration, that security has been given in a sum sufficient in amount to cover the property (if any) in the United Kingdom to which the letters of administration relate;
and may require such evidence, if any, as it thinks fit as to the domicile of the deceased person.
(3) The court may also, if it thinks fit, on the application of any creditor, require, before sealing, that adequate security be given for the payment of debts due from the estate to creditors residing in the United Kingdom.
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(4) For the purposes of this section, a duplicate of any probate or letters of administration sealed with the seal of the court granting the same, or a copy thereof certified as correct by or under the authority of the court granting the same, shall have the same effect as the original.
(5) Rules of court may be made for regulating the procedure and practice, including fees and costs, in courts of the United Kingdom, on and incidental to an application for sealing a probate or letters of administration granted in a British possession to which this Act applies. Such rules shall, so far as they relate to probate duty, be made with the consent of the Treasury, and subject to any exceptions and modifications made by such rules, the enactments for the time being in force in relation to probate duty (including the penal provisions thereof) shall apply as if the person who applies for sealing under this section were a person applying for probate or letters of administration.
Application of Act to British Courts in Foreign Countries
3. This Act shall extend to authorize the sealing in the United Kingdom of any probate or letters of administration granted by a British Court in a foreign country, in like manner as it authorizes the sealing of a probate or letters of administration granted in a British possession to which this Act applies, and the provisions of this Act shall apply accordingly with the necessary modifications.
Orders in Council
4 (1) Every Order in Council made under this Act shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament as soon as may be after it is made, and shall be published under the authority of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.
(2) Her Majesty the Queen in Council may revoke or alter any Order in Council previously made under this Act.
(3) Where it appears to Her Majesty in Council that the legislature of part of a British possession has power to make the provision requisite for bringing this Act into operation in that part, it shall be lawful for Her Majesty to direct by Order in Council that this Act shall apply to that part as if it were a separate British possession, and thereupon, while the Order is in force, this Act shall apply accordingly.
Application of Act to Probates, &c. already granted
5. This Act when applied by an Order in Council to a British possession shall, subject to the provisions of the Order, apply to probates and letters of administration granted in that possession either before or after the passing of this Act.
Definitions
6. In this Act—
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The expression “court of probate” means any court or authority, by whatever name designated, having jurisdiction in matters of probate, and in Scotland means the sheriff court of the county of Edinburgh:
The expressions “probate” and “letters of administration” include confirmation in Scotland, and any instrument having in a British possession the same effect which under English law is given to probate and letters of administration respectively:
The expression “probate duty” includes any duty payable on the value of the estate and effects for which probate or letters of administration is or are granted:
The expression “British court in a foreign country” means any British court having jurisdiction out of the Queen’s dominions in pursuance of an Order in Council, whether made under any Act or otherwise.
Short title
7. This Act may be cited as the Colonial Probates Act, 1892. ____________


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