Talk:Slayer rule

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Fact check needed for the Maryland slayer rule[edit]

According to this article, which states that, under the Maryland slayer rule, no one can inherit from a murder victim through the murderer, however the murderer's children could still inherit property directly from the victim. It also states that the pre-deceased legal fiction is not part of the Maryland slayer rule or the common law slayer rule, and that the pre-deceased legal fiction only exists in other states due to legislation. -- Gordon Ecker (talk) 05:59, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

Unfortunately, it succumbed to linkrot, however I've found another source, cited it and corrected the article. -- Gordon Ecker (talk) 04:36, 12 January 2010 (UTC)


Is "slayer rule" the term actually used in Common law? It sounds rather more like a journalists label. (talk) 21:05, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes it is. In re Boruch, 505 B.R. 508 (Bankr. W.D. Wis. 2014) states The slayer rule embodies the common law maxim nullus commodum capere potest de injuria sua propria: no one can attain advantage by his own wrong. See, e.g., In re Estate of Safran, 102 Wis.2d 79, 514*514 83, 306 N.W.2d 27, 29 (Wis.1981). The rule's purpose is to prevent the enrichment of those who kill others, regardless of motive, on the theory that to permit any benefit to accrue to the killer as a result of a killing would be manifestly unjust. Restatement (Third) of Prop.: Wills and Other Donative Transfers § 8.4 cmt.b (2013). A version of the slayer rule is in effect in every state, either by statute or judicial decision. Anne-Marie Rhodes, Consequences of Heirs' Misconduct: Moving from Rules to Discretion, 33 Ohio N.U. L.Rev. 975, 979 (2007). and then goes on to contrast versions of it depending on the version of the "uniform probate code" in effect by various jurisdictions. 2605:A601:46D:B01:CABC:C8FF:FEA5:82F4 (talk) 01:28, 16 December 2016 (UTC)