Dead Man's Statute
- A rule that prevents someone who may benefit from an estate from providing evidence about any discussions or happenings that took place in the company of the person who has passed away
- A law that bars a person from offering evidence or claiming against an estate based on the actions or promises of the deceased individual
- The dead man's statute prevented the beneficiary from discussing the deceased's wishes regarding the estate.
- Despite believing she would be the primary beneficiary, she could not testify about their conversations due to the dead man's statute.
- The lawyer mentioned the dead man's statute to explain why certain testimonies would not be included in the estate dispute.
- The solicitor relied on the Dead Man's Statute to keep the alleged verbal promise out of the court's consideration.
- Applying the Dead Man's Statute, the judge disregarded the plaintiff's claim of a conversation he had with the deceased.
- Her claim on her father's estate was denied based on the Dead Man's Statute, as she could not substantiate a prior promise from him.