Ex-Lawyer Who Murdered Wife Not Protected From Wrongful Death Suit

A lawyer who killed his wife claimed that his status as the surviving spouse protected him from being sued by the estate for wrongful death – the Georgia appeals court disagreed. The court said his “argument ignores the fact that he caused his wife’s death, and the law doesn’t authorize a surviving spouse to benefit from his own wrong.”

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In New Jersey, the Slayer’s Act, N.J.S.A. 3B:7–1 et seq., also prevents a surviving spouse from benefiting from the death of a spouse whom he or she murdered.