Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Simultaneous Death

Because of the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act, if two people die simultaneously, neither inherits from the other.

  • One who fails to survive by 5 days is deemed to have predeceased the decedent.

Under common law, it used to be that if one survived at all, he briefly inherited everything, and then his heirs took everything when he died.