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Estates of Missing Persons Act Definition
In this Act, "missing person"
(a) a person whose relatives residing at the place where the person was last known to reside, and who would be likely to hear from the person, have not heard from or of the person for at least 3 months last past, and have been unable to ascertain the person's whereabouts,
(b) if the person does not have relatives of the kind described in paragraph (a), a person whose
(i) associates at the place where the person was last known to reside, and
(ii) relatives with whom until then the person had been in the habit of communicating,
(c) a person who has been missing for a shorter period than 3 months, but who is otherwise a missing person within the meaning of paragraph (a) or (b), and who is declared by the Supreme Court to be a missing person, on application, accompanied by evidence to the satisfaction of the court that there is urgent need of a curator being appointed under this Act for the preservation of the estate or the support of the dependants of that person.