Q: What happens to those “Dateline” and “48 Hours” couples we see on TV? What exactly is the Slayer Rule?

| Jun 16, 2021 | Q&A, Trust And Estate Administration |

A: Section 254 of the Probate Code states that any person who feloniously and intentionally kills someone is not entitled to benefit monetarily in any way from the death they intentionally caused. The most famous example of this in California was the matter of Scott and Laci Peterson. Although Scott had been named as the beneficiary of Laci’s $250,000 life insurance policy, because Scott was convicted of 1st-degree murder in the killing of Laci, he was not allowed to receive any of the life insurance proceeds.

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