Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 7. Absence for Seven Years.


§ 14–701. Presumption of death.

If a person leaves his domicile without a known intention of changing it, and does not return or is not heard from for seven years from the time of his so leaving, he shall be presumed to be dead in any case where his death is in question, unless proof is made that he was alive within that time.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 522, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 14-701.

1973 Ed., § 14-701.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-211, § 14-702, § 19-505, and § 47-1002.

Cross References

Administration of estates of absentees and absconders, see § 21-1901 et seq.

Death certificates where death presumed, see § 7-211.


§ 14–702. Person presumed dead found living.

If the person presumed to be dead pursuant to section 14-701 is found to be living, a person injured by the presumption shall be restored to the rights of which he was deprived by reason of the presumption.


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 522, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 14-702.

1973 Ed., § 14-702.