Evidence: Testimonial Evidence: Witnesses: Dead Man's Statute

  • Dead Man's Statute –In a civil action, an interested party may not testify against a dead party, or dead party's representative, about communications or transactions with the dead party.
    • A person is interested if he stands to gain or lose by the judgment.
    • Waiver: Dead person's rights may be waived if:
      • Decedent's representative does not object to the testimony,
      • Decedent's representative testifies about the transaction, or
      • Decedent's testimony is introduced.
--May appear on MBE by telling us the case arises in a state with Dead Man's Statute --