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Articles : Reckoning With New York’s Marital Right of Election

Reckoning With New York’s Marital Right of Election

By: Avi Z. Kestenbaum and Stephen M. Breitstone

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Throughout history, many cultures have imposed restrictions on the right of an individual to freely bequeath assets. The historical basis of forced heirship was to require land to pass down to one’s issue—frequently giving priority in distributions to the eldest son. Today, most U.S. jurisdictions permit one to freely disinherit their descendents….

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