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Victoria’s succession laws involve the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. Laws about wills, executors and intestacy can be complex.
Changing family structures, longer life spans and changes to the legal system had made the existing laws unwieldy. The Attorney-General, in March 2012, asked the Commission to review the laws of succession, including the laws about:
- Family Provision
- Small Estates.
We published consultation papers on each of those topics. After a call for responses, we received 46 submissions. We also consulted widely and delivered the VLRC Succession report , which was tabled in Parliament on 15 October 2013. It contains 78 recommendations about wills, executors and intestacy, and other matters, intended to:
- reduce the costs of administering small estates, making it easier and cheaper to administer an estate when a person dies.
- make the law clearer about which family members can challenge a will under family provision laws.
- make the commissions and costs charged by executors more transparent, and provide new avenues for resolving disputes.
- provide better public information to help will-makers, administrators and executors of wills.
- bring Victoria in line with other states in relation to various succession laws.
You can download the report, submissions and consultation papers from the links below.
To find out which of the VLRC recommendations became law, visit the Implementation page.
- Terms of reference received
- Submissions and consultations
- Submissions closed
- Final Report
- Tabled in parliament