Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Act 2011
|Long title||An Act to amend the law relating to the distribution of the estates of deceased persons; and for connected purposes.|
|Territorial extent||England and Wales|
|Royal assent||12 July 2011|
|Commencement||1 February 2012|
|Relates to||Forfeiture Act 1982|
|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.
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.