I was watching a “true crime” type of TV show, which raised an interesting question (to me) regarding wills and inheritance. Here’s the scenario:
An elderly wealthy man had a neighbor who was his caregiver. The man decided to will all his assets to the caregiver, presumably as a reward for her service. The caregiver was aware of this. After some time, the man decided to change his will because of a disagreement with the caregiver. The caregiver found out about this, and before the man could actually change the will, she murdered him. The caregiver was found guilty and given a life sentence.
My question is, since the will was never changed, does the caregiver still inherit the man’s assets? Would it matter if she was guilty of a lesser crime such as manslaughter? Or if her sentence was less than life?
The show didn't mention the jurisdiction (or I forgot it), but for the sake of argument, assume the state of Maryland. If significantly different in other states, I'd be interested in that as well.