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Inheritance Law and Social Inequality (Erfenissen En Sociale Ongelijkheid - Dutch)


Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke


University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law; Harvard Law School; University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology; Antwerp Management School; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille Attorneys

March 2, 2011

Knack Extra, March 2, 2011

Abstract:     
In this interview I comment, together with philosopher Koen Raes, on the social inequality that may arise because of the existing rules of inheritance law. I argue that the blood relationship is too strong to abolish this as a basic principle for inheritance law. However this is only valid for family property, passing through generations. For the modern concept of partner property, established by a couple, like a husband and wife, or a same sex couple, that estate should go to the partner, hence reducing the blood claim. I also argue that forced heirship rules are only acceptable for family property, but not for partner property. Eventually, imperative rules on partner property, must be introduced at the level of marital property law (eg equitable distribution rules), but not at the level of inheritance law.

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Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Inheritance law, Marital Property Law, Social Inequality

JEL Classification: K11, K12

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Date posted: March 10, 2011  

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Verbeke, Alain Laurent P. G., Inheritance Law and Social Inequality (Erfenissen En Sociale Ongelijkheid - Dutch) (March 2, 2011). Knack Extra, March 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1781723

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Alain Laurent P. G. Verbeke (Contact Author)
University of Leuven, Director Rector Roger Dillemans Family Property Law Institute, Codirector Institute for Contract Law, Codirector Leuven Center for Notary Law ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium
003216325203 (Phone)
003216325296 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/fvr
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/
University of Leuven, Faculty of Psychology
Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
HOME PAGE: http://ppw.kuleuven.be/english/wopp/leuven-center-for-collaborative-management
Antwerp Management School ( email )
Het Brantijser
Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-13
Antwerp, 2000
Belgium
Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/tisco/
Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law
Lisboa
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.fd.lisboa.ucp.pt/site/custom/template/ucptplfac.asp?sspageID=3293&lang=2
Greenille Attorneys ( email )
Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu
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