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Recent WA Case: Insanity = No Inheritance


From time to time we will publish recent local cases or legislative bills:

Man murdered his mother, stepbrother, and his mother’s boyfriend.  Jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity.  The mother’s estate then received money from a wrongful death case.  In re Estate of Kissinger ruled the slayer could not inherit from his mother’s estate because the Washington slayer statute applied and the slayer was treated as having predeceased his mother.  RCW 11.84.010.    

Comment:  It’s good when the law aligns with common sense; just because the jury finds you not guitly by reason of insanity does not mean you still get to inherit for your misdeeds.