The Bill also sets out to ensure equal rights between parents of the deceased. The current position is that the father has first priority unless he is not alive then interests will be vested to the mother. The new regime will see to it that both parents shall have equal priority rights in the distribution of the estate.
Traditionally, mothers had been side-lined owing to traditional patriarchal stereotypes that enabled men to be prioritized above women. This shift in the law will ensure that mothers of the deceased who die intestate are entitled to receive an equal share to their husbands in the event the deceased did not leave behind a wife or children.