Presumed Decedent's Act Law and Legal Definition

Presumed Decedent's Act is a statute which provides for the disposition of the property of a person presumed dead because of an unexplained absence for a stated number of years.

“The Presumed Decedents' Act provides for an independent proceeding with an elaborate procedural technique for the purpose of administering an estate of one who is presumed to be dead on account of seven or more years absence from the place of his last domicile.” [Baker v. Myers, 160 Ohio St. 376, 381 (Ohio 1953)].