Simultaneous Death Act


USDA creates default rule that one must survive another by 120 hours to avoid disputes caused by simultaneous or quickly successive deaths of persons between whom property or death benefits pass on the death of one survived by the other.

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Drafting History

Origin: The Uniform Simultaneous Death Act was originally promulgated in 1940 and was adopted in 49 states. The 1991 Act was incorporated into the Uniform Probate Code Article II. The act was amended in 1993.
Committee/Resources: Simultaneous Death
Related Versions: Simultaneous Death Act (1940)