dead man's statute
dead man's statute n: a law barring the testimony of a person with an interest in an estate regarding any conversation with or any event taking place in the presence of the decedent – called also dead man act, dead man's act;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

dead man's statute
In the law of evidence, a rule that prevents a person making a claim against an estate from testifying about statements, actions, or promises made by the deceased person.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


dead man's statute
n. An evidentiary rule at trial that excludes statements made by a deceased person if offered in support of a claim against the deceased's estate.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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