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'Til death do us part' : surviving spouses, civil partners & provision on intestacy in Ireland

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dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-04T15:00:27Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5097
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract                            The Succession Act 1965 brought, it was said, a revolutionary change in the law of succession to Ireland (Re Urquhart [1974] IR 197 at 208). However, despite the enormous impact it has had on citizens, in the fifty years since its enactment, the Act has never been subject to a comprehensive review or reform. This lack of legislative engagement in Ireland stands in marked contrast to a number of other common law jurisdictions. In the past decade alone, the Law Commission for England and Wales (2011), the Scottish Law Commission (2009), the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (2007) and the British Columbia Law Institute (2006) have each placed their respective succession law regimes under the microscope. Responding to this gap in the literature, this article considers the extent to which surviving spouses or civil partners are adequately protected on intestacy, specifically, in Ireland. Highlighting the potentially serious shortcomings of the Irish fractional share approach, and drawing on the experience of a number of common law jurisdictions, the article presents a proposal for reform. In this regard, it places a particular focus on the need to strike an appropriate balance between the competing interests of spouses/civil partners and children in the distribution of an intestate estate. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law;38 (2), pp. 118-139
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2016.1156891
dc.rights This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 2016 © copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2016.1156891 en_US
dc.subject succession law en_US
dc.subject intestacy en_US
dc.subject property law en_US
dc.subject family property en_US
dc.subject mixed families en_US
dc.title 'Til death do us part' : surviving spouses, civil partners & provision on intestacy in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-06-30T15:27:08Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09649069.2016.1156891
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2017-03-16
dc.embargo.terms 2017-03-16 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1598716
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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