Will Contests

Legacies of Aging and Social Change
  • Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld

Abstract

Disinheritance and will contests are deviant components of the inheritance system. Inheritance is predicated on social norms that maintain family and kinship structures. Within the nuclear family, for example, it is normative for wealth to pass first from spouse to spouse, and then from generation to generation. Disinheritance is an intentional departure from the norm of intergenerational continuity and is the deviant behavior of the benefactor.

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Income Expense Straw Tate Rosen 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyNassau Community CollegeGarden CityUSA

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