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Legislation and rules

The Probate Office is governed by the following legislation and Rules of the Superior Courts.

  • The Succession Act, 1965 (which came into operation on 1/1/1967)
  • The Administration of Estates Act, 1959 (which applies to deaths between 1/6/1959 and 31/12/1966)
  • The Adoption Act, 1952
  • The Status of Children Act, 1987 (Part V) (which applies to all wills made after and deaths intestate after 14/6/1988)
  • The Legitimacy Act, 1931(which applies to deaths between 19/5/1931 and 14/6/1988)
  • The Family Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1997
  • The Rules of the Superior Courts 1986 - Orders 79 and 80 
  • Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court (Fees) Order
  • Probate/Revenue - changes to filing of Inland Revenue Affidavit - for details please refer to www.revenue.ie 
  • Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010


Content reviewed: 7 June 2017