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An Act to provide for deeds of inheritance of property including real estates. The Act consists of 45 sections divide into 6 Parts: Preliminary (I); Wills; rectification and interpretation of wills (II); Wills executed outside the Bahamas (III); Members of defence force (IV); Mariners and seamen (V); General (VI). “Real estate” is defined in section 2 as “messuages, lands, rents and hereditaments, whether freehold or of any other tenure, and whether corporeal or incorporeal or personal, and any undivided share thereof, and any estate, right or interest (other than a chattel interest) therein”. Subject to this Act, every person may dispose by will executed in accordance with this Act all real estate and all personal estate owned by him at the time of his death.

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Bahamas Legislation


Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

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