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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Man Found Guilty of Manslaughter Cannot Indirectly Inherit from Victim

JailA Brooklyn appeals court has extended the rule that blocks individuals from inheriting from a person if they are responsible for that person’s death. Brandon Palladino is currently serving a 25 year sentence for manslaughter after pleading guilty to strangling his mother-in-law, Dianne Edwards. Edwards left her entire estate to her daughter, Palladino’s wife. A year later, Edward’s daughter died leaving her inheritance from her mother to Palladino. The court found that indirect inheritance is also not available to the guilty party, and Palladino will not be inheriting the $250,000 when he finishes his prison term.

See Oren Yaniv, Killer Denied Bid to Inherit $250,000 from Estate of Mother-in-Law He Strangled, New York Daily News, Aug. 21, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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