2017 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Title 20 - DECEDENTS, ESTATES AND FIDUCIARIES
Chapter 61 - Estates
Section 6117 - Rule in Shelley's case and doctrine of worthier title

Universal Citation: 20 PA Cons Stat § 6117 (2017)
§ 6117. Rule in Shelley's case and doctrine of worthier title.

(a) Rule in Shelley's case.--The rule in Shelley's case and its corollaries shall not be applied, and a conveyance directly or in trust which shall express an intent to create an estate for life with remainder to the life tenant's heirs or the heirs of his body or his issue or his next of kin or persons described by words of similar import, shall not operate to give such life tenant an estate in fee in real estate or an absolute estate in personalty.

(b) Doctrine of worthier title.--The doctrine of worthier title shall not be applied as a rule of law or as a rule of construction. Language in a governing instrument describing the beneficiaries of a disposition as the transferor's heirs, heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, relatives or family or language of similar import shall not create or presumptively create a reversionary interest in the transferor.

(Dec. 1, 1994, P.L.655, No.102, eff. 60 days)

1994 Amendment. Section 10 of Act 102 provided that the amendment of section 6117 shall apply to wills executed, trusts created and conveyances made before, on or after the effective date of Act 102.

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