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Inside the CastleLaw and the Family in 20th Century America$
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Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149820

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149820.001.0001

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The Extended Family: Elder Law and the Law of Inheritance

The Extended Family: Elder Law and the Law of Inheritance

(p.235) Chapter Eleven The Extended Family: Elder Law and the Law of Inheritance
Inside the Castle

Joanna L. Grossman

Lawrence M. Friedman

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with the complexities of succession, specifically in the ways money is shared with other members of the family. Family members not only earn money from work; some family members also inherit money from dead relatives, or get gifts from living ones. Other members give money away, during their lifetimes, or after death. Parents obviously have to pay for everything their children need, and grown children sometimes support old, sick, and destitute parents. When a family member dies, typically they leave whatever money or assets remain to members of the family. And while books, law school curricula, and legal practice treat family law and the law of succession as entirely different subjects, this chapter deals away with those distinctions in order to reveal how these subjects impact family life and family law.

Keywords:   succession, inheritance, elder law, family law, wills, trusts, dead hand, elder abuse

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