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PROBATES (RE-SEALING) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1.   Re-sealing of probates and letters of administration granted in Commonwealth countries.

  1. Re-sealing of probates and letters of administration granted in a State.
  2. Conditions to be fulfilled before re-sealing.
  3. Duplicate or copy of probate, etc., admissible.
  4. Security for payment of debts.
  5. Effect of re-sealing.
  6. Rules of court.
  7. Interpretation.
  8. Short title.

 

An Act to make provisions for the re-sealing of pro bates and letters of administra-
tion issued and sealed in the High Court of a State by the High Court of another
State and to make similar provisions relating to Commonwealth countries.

[1966 0.13.)

[7th March, 1966]

[Cornmencernent.]

1. Re-sealing of probates and letters of administration granted in Commonwealth
countries

Where a court having jurisdiction in matters of probate in a Commonwealth country
has, either before or after the commencement 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, subject to the provisions of this Act, on being produced to, and a copy
thereof deposited with, the High Court of a State, be re-sealed with the seal of that Court.

  1. Re-sealing of pro bates and letters of administration granted in a State

Where the High Court of a Stale has, either before or after the commencement of this
Act, granted probate or letters of administration in respect of the estate of a deceased per-
son, the probate or letters so granted may, subject to the provisions of this Act, on being
produced to, and a copy thereof deposited with, the High Court of any other State, be re-
sealed with the seal of that Court.

  1. Conditions to be fulfilled before re-sealing

The High Court of a State shall, before re sealing a probate or letters of administration
under this Act, 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 that State; 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 that State 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.

  1. Duplicate or copy of probate, etc., admissible

For the purposes of this Act, a duplicate of any probate or letters of administration
sealed with the seal of the court by which the grant was made, or a copy thereof certified
as correct by or under the authority of that court, shall be admissible in the proceedings
before the High Court of any State.

  1. Security for payment of debts

The High Court of a State may, if it thinks fit, on the application of any creditor, re-
quire, before re-sealing, that adequate security be given for the payment of debts due
from the estate to creditors residing in that State.

  1. Effect of re-sealing

A probate or letters of administration re-sealed by the High Court of any State under
this Act, shall have the like force and effect and have the same operation in the State in
which it is re-sealed as if granted by the High Court of that State.

7. Rules of court

(1) The Chief Judge of the High Court of any State may make rules of court for
regulating the procedure and practice, including fees and costs, in that Court, of and inci-
dental to an application for the re-sealing of a probate or letters of administration under
this Act.

(2) Subject to any modifications and exceptions made by such rules, the enactments
for the time being in force in relation to the payment of fees and probate duty shall apply
as if the person who applies for re-sealing under this Act were a person applying for pro-
bate or letters of administration in Nigeria.

  1. Interpretation 
    In this Act-

"Commonwealth country" means a country which is a member of the Common-
wealth of Nations;

"State" includes the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

  1. Short title

This Act may be cited as the Probates (Re-sealing) Act.

   SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

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