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Hindu Succession Act 1956

An Act to amend and codify the law relating to intestate succession among Hindus.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the seventh year of republic of India as follows


Section 1 of Hindu Succession Act "Short title and extent"

Section 1. (1) This Act may be called the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.
(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir


Section 2 Application of Act Section 3 Definitions and interpretations

Section 4 Overriding effect of Act

Section 5 Act not to apply to certain properties

Section 6 Devolution of interest of coparcenary property

Section 7 Devolution of interest in the property of a tarwad, tavazhi, kutumba, kavaru or illom

Section 8 General rules of succession in the case of males

Section 9 Order of succession among heirs in the Schedule

Section 10 Distribution of property among heirs in class I of the Schedule

Section 11 Distribution of property among heirs in class II of the Schedule

Section 21 Presumption in cases of simultaneous deaths

Section 22 Preferential right to acquire property in certain cases

Section 25 Murderer disqualified

Section 26 Convert's descendants disqualified

Section 27 decided Succession when heir disqualified

Section 28 Disease, defect, etc. not to disqualify

Section 29 Failure of heirs

Section 30 Testamentary Succession

Schedule Heirs in Class I and Class II

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