The 1997 Administration of Estates Act number 6 is one of the most important pieces of legislation on the rights of women since independence. The spirit of the law , which is to protect the surviving spouse and the children remains relevant. Others laws include the Deceased Persons Family Maintenance Act. However there is need for improvement of the law so that it remains relevant to the needs of women and chil-dren. Some of the issues that need to be attended to relate to the following: -Provision that surviving spouse should inherit the house that they lived in immediately before death places those who may be in the rural area at the time of death from getting the house.