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16 Nov This article will attempt to examine the provisions of the Intestate Succession Law , (PNDCL ) that could support Rahanda obtain. 21 Jan Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, ; Administration of Estates Act, ( Act 63); The Wills Act, (Act ); Intestate Succession. ity) Law (PNDC L). The laws are the latest in a series dating back to meant to change customary marriage and intestate succession laws in. Ghana.

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Ghana Reforms the Law of Intestate Succession | Journal of African Law | Cambridge Core

Some have led to deaths. If they do not make a selection, the High Court is empowered to make it on the application of the administrator of the estate.

He was referring scucession the Intestate Succession Law, P. If a husband can show that he made a substantial contribution to the acquisition of property in the name of his wife, he could obtain an order of the Court decreeing that his wife holds the Title Deeds to the property in trust for himself.

These possibilities are unlikely to give rise to problems in practice, although Sganerelle might have appreciated them.

Defence Council Establishment Proclamation. If the deceased failed to iintestate provision in his will for a financial dependent, that person can apply to the High Court for provision. The physical presence of a foreign testator in Ghana is required to make a written will.

The Law unfortunately does not provide for this. Manu [ ] 1 G. The Courts Act, Act provides that the applicable laws governing any issues arising between such married couples are the relevant rules of their different systems of personal law, with a view to achieving a result that conforms with “natural justice, equity and good conscience”. Had Rahanda adhered to the advice of pursuing her case in court, gyana Intestate Succession Law, PNDCL would be paramount to her claiming her spousal property rights.


I forgot my password. Succesdion Law says the spouse and the children in this case all have absolute interests. God Bless you for such work. Equitable or moral claims refer to those of dependants of the deceased or other persons for whom the deceased might reasonably have been expected to make provision.

Intestate Succession Law, 1985 (PNDCL 111).

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Ghana Reforms the Law of Intestate Succession

Ethnics groups such as the Ewe, the Ga-Dangmes, ghhana Guan, the Buem as well as most ethnic groups of the three regions of Northern Ghana are patrilineal. Fortunately, our lawmakers have realized the many gaps in this law and the need to resolve them. The testator must sign or acknowledge his signature in the presence of two or more witnesses who are present at the same time.

As if that is not enough pain, Section 4 of PNDCL further provides that where the deceased left behind more than one house, the spouse s and the children are to choose one house and hold it as co-owners. It seems that any co-tenant ol land may require partition, and that in an action to enforce that right the court may order the property to be sold and the proceeds of sale to be distributed among the co-tenants: Some school of thought would say that sensitisation should be carried out whileothers would say we need more legal aid lawyers, with others arguing that we need a shorter court process.


The Proposed Law introduced a requirement limiting the provision to those household utensils which the spouses and children had enjoyed with the deceased, but this was removed.

One example of such traditional succession plans is wife inheritance commonly practiced in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Abstract views Abstract views reflect the number of visits to the article landing page. Thus, the surviving spouse has the option to buy out the share of the children.

Intestate Succession Law, (PNDCL ).

There is a reserved portion of the estate, to ensure that some categories of people are not excluded from the will. What she could not accept was how she and her children would share the property they had sacrificed and toiled to acquire with these complete strangers, strangers who reminded her of pain and betrayal.

Here too there should be proof of joint acquisition. On the rarity of Ordinance marraiges. The giving of property to which other people have interests is restricted by law, and cannot contravene co-ownership arrangements. By now you may be wondering what solution I want to give to the many flaws I have identified with the Law and the Bill. And if they are male, they can be denied their share of the family property.