Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011

The Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011 (c. 7) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom altering the rules on inheritance in England and Wales.

Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011
Long titleAn Act to amend the law relating to the distribution of the estates of deceased persons; and for connected purposes.
Citation2011 c.7
Territorial extentEngland and Wales
Dates
Royal assent12 July 2011
Commencement1 February 2012[1]
Other legislation
Relates toForfeiture Act 1982
Status: Amended
Text of the Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

Under the forfeiture rule of English Law, a person may not inherit from someone whom he or she has unlawfully killed. In 2000 the Court of Appeal used that rule to disinherit not only a murderer but also the murderer’s descendants. The Law Commission published a consultation paper covering the issue in October 2003 followed by a final report on 27 July 2005. Their recommendations became the basis for this Act.[2]

Under the Act, if a person loses their right to inheritance through the forfeiture rule, or through disclaiming it, that person is to be treated (for purposes of determining inheritance) as having died immediately prior to the testator or the intestate. The Act amends the Administration of Estates Act 1925 and Wills Act 1837 accordingly.

The Act received its Royal Assent on 12 July 2011, and came into force on 1 February 2012.[1]