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A website to provide basic legal information to lay persons with occasional commentary and other items of interest.

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Ni-Van Nationals will educate themselves and know their rights.


Facilitate the education of Ni-Vans and offer free information on law and constitution.

  • Married couple or single person can adopt
  • Must be in Vanuatu at least 12 months but there are expectations
  • The court must assess your suitability as a fit and proper person to adopt
  • Entire process takes between 3-6 months
  • Spouses and children have the first right to inherit
  • Spouses and children have the first right to apply for inheritance
  • Custom Land is not included under the inheritance laws of Vanuatu
  • Children adopted under Kastom can inherit once they are able to prove the adoption
  • A default judgment will be entered by court if the defendant does not file a defence
  • A default judgment allows the court to seize property and sell it to pay a debt
  • A default judgment allows the court to have your employer deduct certain amount from your salary every month
  • You can ask the court to set aside the default judgment
  • Get recommendations from friends and family
  • Do not commit to a lawyer unless you are comfortable with your choice
  • Make sure you are clear with the lawyer on how much he/she charges an hour before the case starts
  • If you have paid the lawyer and you are not satisfied, you may be entitled to a refund and can complain to the disciplinary committee