UK: THE FORFEITURE RULE: WHERE A BENEFICIARY HAS OR IS ALLEGED TO HAVE KILLED, OR CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEATH OF, THE DECEASED

On 27th March, an article from Hardwicke considered some recent cases involving the so-called “forfeiture rule”.  The Forfeiture Act 1982 precludes a person who has unlawfully killed another from acquiring a benefit in consequence of the killing, and a person who has aided abetted counselled or procured the death is treated as having unlawfully killed the deceased person.  However, the court may make an order providing exception from the rule where it is satisfied that, having regard to the conduct of the offender and of the deceased and to such other circumstances as appear to the court to be material, the justice of the case requires this.

https://hardwicke.co.uk/the-forfeiture-rule-some-recent-cases-on-unlawful-death-and-inheritance-in-practice/

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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