Bill Text: VA SB1042 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Wills; presumption of undue influence.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2020-12-04 - Left in Courts of Justice [SB1042 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2021-SB1042-Introduced.html
Offered January 17, 2020
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 5 of Chapter 4 of Title 64.2 a section numbered 64.2-454.1, relating to wills; presumption of undue influence.
Patron-- Obenshain
Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 5 of Chapter 4 of Title 64.2 a section numbered 64.2-454.1 as follows:

§64.2-454.1. Presumption of undue influence.

A. There is a rebuttable presumption of undue influence on a testator if the following elements are established:

1. The testator was mentally feeble when his will was established;

2. The testator named a beneficiary who stood in a relationship of confidence or dependence to the testator; and

3. The testator previously had expressed an intention to make a contrary disposition of his property.

B. Upon the presentation of evidence establishing the elements listed in subsection A, a jury sitting as trier of fact shall be instructed that it may presume that the will was executed under undue influence.