I found it rather surprising that the Associated Press would report on this case because the subject is probably not that interesting to most people. Of course, it’s interesting to me, because it relates to what I do.
Anyway, the AP reports that a New Jersey woman was unsuccessful in her bid to have her father’s will invalidated under that state’s anti-discrimination law on the ground that his decision to disinherit her was motivated by religious bias. The specific claim was that her father disinherited her because she married a Jewish man. The court said the father’s motive didn’t matter because it is clear that the anti-discrimination law doesn’t apply to a will.
If the courts are going to start trying to discern the motives behind what people put in their wills, and start invalidating wills that are the product of what the courts conclude are the wrong motives, I don’t think the freedom to dispose of one’s property as one chooses is going to last very long.
I can’t help asking: what makes people think they are entitled to an inheritance?
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