(755 ILCS 5/2-6)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 2-6)
Person causing death.
A person who intentionally and
unjustifiably causes the death of another shall not receive any property,
benefit, or other interest by reason of the death, whether as heir,
legatee, beneficiary, joint tenant, survivor, appointee or in any other
capacity and whether the property, benefit, or other interest passes
pursuant to any form of title registration, testamentary or nontestamentary
instrument, intestacy, renunciation, or any other circumstance. The
property, benefit, or other interest shall pass as if the person causing
the death died before the decedent, provided that with respect to joint
tenancy property the interest possessed prior to the death by the person
causing the death shall not be diminished by the application of this
Section. A determination under this Section may be made by any court of
competent jurisdiction separate and apart from any criminal proceeding
arising from the death, provided that no such civil proceeding shall
proceed to trial nor shall the person be required to submit to discovery in
such civil proceeding until such time as any criminal proceeding
has been finally determined by the trial court or, in the event no criminal
charge has been brought, prior to one year after the date of death.
A person convicted of first degree murder or second degree murder
of the decedent is conclusively presumed to have caused the death
intentionally and unjustifiably for purposes of this Section.
The holder of any property subject to the provisions of this Section
shall not be liable for distributing or releasing said property to the person
causing the death if such distribution or release occurs prior to a
determination made under this Section.
If the holder of any property subject to the provisions of this Section
knows or has reason to know that a potential beneficiary caused the death
of a person within the scope of this Section, the holder shall fully
cooperate with law enforcement authorities and judicial officers in
connection with any investigation of such death.
(Source: P.A. 86-749.)