Since 1 October 2014, it has been possible to apply for a declaration that a person is presumed to be dead.51a The application can be made either where a person (i) is thought to have died, or (ii) has not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years and the declaration must be made if the court is satisfied either that the missing person has died or has not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years.

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