Woman Accused of Poisoning Boyfriend Over Inheritance

November 8, 2023Media Mention

Probate, Trusts & Estates Litigation Chair, Benny Roshan, was featured in discussing Thea Kenoyer's inheritance rights in the event that she is found guilty of murdering her boyfriend.


Unfortunately for Thea, even if North Dakota did recognize such a marriage, she would be disqualified from any inheritance if found guilty of murdering Steven. “Slayer statutes are fairly uniform across the United States and eviscerate the inheritance rights of anyone (including putative spouses) who intentionally or feloniously kills the decedent,” said Benazeer “Benny” Roshan, Chair of the Probate, Trusts & Estates Litigation Group at Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles.

“It appears that Thea would be barred from receiving any of the decedent’s community or quasi-community property if she’s convicted of his murder, assuming she had any property rights in the first place. What’s also interesting in this case is the fact that Steven was set to inherit his fortune. Inheritances are typically categorized as separate property (unless comingled) and not subject to division in a marital dissolution,” she posited.