Inheritance Law and the Evolving Family (Gender, Family, & the Law S.)

Inheritance Law and the Evolving Family (Gender, Family, & the Law S.)

By: Ralph C. Brashier (author), D. Kelly Weisberg (editor)Paperback

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Nontraditional families are today an important part of American family life. Yet when a loved one dies, our inheritance laws are often stingy even towards survivors in the nuclear family. With humor, enthusiasm, and a bit of righteous outrage, Ralph C. Brashier explores how probate laws ignore gender roles and marital contributions of the spouse, often to the detriment of the surviving widow; how probate laws pretend that unmarried couplesparticularly gay and lesbian onesdo not exist; how probate laws allow a parent to disinherit even the neediest child; and how probate laws for nonmarital children, adopted children, and children born of surrogacy or other forms of assisted reproductive technology are in flux or simply don't exist. A thoughtful examination of the current state of probate law and the inability of legislators to recognize and provide for the broad range of families in America today, this book will be read by those with an interest in the relationship between families and the law across a wide range of academic disciplines. Author note:

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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Spouses 2. Unmarried Cohabitants 3. Children 4. Paternity 5. Adoption 6. Assisted Reproduction Final Thoughts: Where from Here? Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781592132225
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781592132225
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 1592132227

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