Inheritance law in an aging society

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dc.contributor Wichita State University. Department of Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.author Hill, Gretchen J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-29T18:05:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-29T18:05:44Z
dc.date.issued 1995 en_US
dc.identifier 10183208 en_US
dc.identifier 8914669 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of aging & social policy. 1995; 7(1): 57-83. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0895-9420 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J031v07n01_05 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/4993
dc.description Click on the DOI link below to access the article (may not be free). en_US
dc.description.abstract An exploratory analysis of states' inheritance law changes between 1961 and 1990 was conducted in order to discern major trends and their implications for older families. Results suggested that states were modifying their laws in ways similar to suggestions of the law community's Uniform Probate Code, with about one third of the states adopting the Code itself. Consequently, inheritance law has become less traditional and paternalistic and more like "facilitative law," that is, flexible, accommodating, and supportive of family autonomy and decisionmaking authority. These changes and new laws that simplify procedures, protect the dependent and vulnerable, treat marital property more like community property, recognize variant family forms, and enable extrafamilial bequests, may serve to minimize family disruption, conserve resources, and allow families to tailor property divisions and procedures to particular needs and wishes. An impact study is proposed for disclosing the actual effects on inheritance law reforms. Also, while trends observed in this study were fairly evident, states' adoption of new laws was uneven and selective, inviting continuing trend analyses and further research into the reasons for interstate variation. en_US
dc.format.extent 57-83 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Aging & Social Policy en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries J Aging Soc Policy en_US
dc.source NLM en_US
dc.subject Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't en_US
dc.subject Review en_US
dc.subject.mesh Age Factors en_US
dc.subject.mesh Aged en_US
dc.subject.mesh Humans en_US
dc.subject.mesh Public Policy en_US
dc.subject.mesh United States en_US
dc.subject.mesh Wills/legislation & jurisprudence en_US
dc.title Inheritance law in an aging society en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.coverage.spacial United States en_US
dc.description.version peer reviewed en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright © Routledge en_US

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