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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Uniform Simultaneous Death Act 1975-1993

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

A Guide to the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act, 1975-1993



Collection Summary

CreatorUniform Law Commission
TitleUniform Simultaneous Death Act
AbstractThe collection consists of materials related to the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act. The papers were donated by Edward I. Cutler, Robert Haydock, Jr., Fred H. Miller, Matthew S. Rae, Jr., Millard H. Ruud, Robert A. Stein and Richard V. Wellman.
Size11 folders.
RepositorySpecial Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7071

Historical Background

The original Uniform Simultaneous Death Act (USDA) was promulgated in 1940 by the Uniform Law Commissioners. The 1991 version comes from work completed on the Uniform Probate Code Article 2 in 1990 and the Uniform Act on Intestacy, Wills, and Donative Transfers in 1991. The Uniform Simultaneous Death Act is incorporated into both of these Acts. Some technical amendments were made in 1993, but those involved no substantive change. Despite its incorporation into the Uniform Probate Code, the Act can be adopted as a separate, free-standing 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. USDA (1993) provides rules for passage of joint property, for when death legally occurs, and for exceptions to the 120-hour rule. It is possible in wills and other instruments to waive or vary the rule. USDA (1993) also provides for a presumption of death after five years if a person is missing or a body cannot be found.*

*Source: Uniform Law Commission web site.

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Contents of the Collection

The collection contains correspondence, drafts, and legislative and research materials related to the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Duplication restrictions on copyrighted material in research files. Please contact the Department of Special Collections for more information.

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Index Terms

Major Subjects
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Uniform Law Commission.
Uniform state laws.
Cutler, Edward I.
Haydock, Jr., Robert.
Miller, Fred H.
Rae, Jr., Matthew S.
Ruud, Millard H.
Stein, Robert A.
Wellman, Richard V.

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Related Materials

See also Uniform Probate Code.

Additional material on the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act may be found at the Uniform Law Commission web site.

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Administrative Information

Cite As

Uniform Simultaneous Death Act, Uniform Law Commission Archives, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

On loan from the Uniform Law Commission, 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed September 2015 by Kate Roden.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Uniform Simultaneous Death Act 1975-1993

boxfolder
FL-133Correspondence, 1988-1991
Creator: Cutler, Edward I.
4Correspondence, 1992
Creator: Stein, Robert A.
5Draft, 1991
Creator: Ruud, Millard H.
6Draft, 1991
Creator: Haydock, Jr., Robert
7Draft, Amendments, 1991
Creator: Rae, Jr., Matthew S.
8Draft, Amendments, 1993
Creator: Miller, Fred H.
9Draft, Amendments, 1991-1993
Creator: Cutler, Edward I.
10Draft, Amendments, 1991-1993
Creator: Wellman, Richard V.
11State Enactment Materials, 1975
Creator: Haydock, Jr., Robert
12Research Materials
Creator: Cutler, Edward I.
13Research Materials
Creator: Rae, Jr., Matthew S.

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