Open and Shut Cases may be re-opened
Under the forfeiture rule, if you kill another person you cannot benefit from their death. In the recent case of Henderson v Wilcox a son who had killed his mother tried to argue that the rule should not apply to him and that he should be allowed to inherit under her Will anyway. The case examines the circumstances in which the Court can relax the forfeiture rule, which is not as straightforward as it seems.
In this article for Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, Sarah Playforth examines the case of Henderson v Wilcox  and its implications.
First published in the April 2016 edition of Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal.
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