A murderer's rights in estate planning.....

A murderer's rights in estate planning.....

A murderer’s rights in estate planning…..

by | Inheritance

We all know the law can be a strange and ancient beast.  Ever evolving and attempting to keep pace with society, sometimes the quirks can be tragic.

In 2014 in Scotland, Carol Taggart was throttled to death days before Christmas.  Her killer was her own son in law, Ross.

Carol was a childminder with her own business and she had a will.  The will named Ross as the executor of his victim’s estate.  And due to a Scottish legal loophole, there is nothing the law can do to change this.

The law is tragic and baffling and having suffered its wrath, Carol’s remaining family are fighting to change it.  They are petitioning the Scottish Government to ban the law so no-one else will suffer as they have.  Over 8,000 people have signed so far.

In 2015, Taggart was jailed for at least 18 years after a Edinburgh High Court jury unanimously convicted him of killing Carol at their family home.  He then dumped her body at a caravan park, where she not found for weeks.  He cannot personally benefit from the will whilst in prison but he can dictate the administration of the estate.

Requests for access to the home and family pictures have all been blocked by Ross.  The family are distraught and unable to grieve.  The estate administration has been dragging on for over 4 years.  The government has agreed to examine the law and the case.

 

 

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