A Dead Man's Statute states that in a civil action, a party with an interest in the litigation may not testify against a dead party about communications with the dead party. The Federal Rules of Evidence does not contain a Dead Man's Statute, however, many states have adopted a Dead Man's Statute in their evidence rules.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
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.
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August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm