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Inheritance Legal Systems and the Intergenerational Bond


Shelly Kreiczer-Levy


Academic Center of Law and Business

May 15, 2012

Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2012

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This article offers an analysis of three legal systems of inheritance: American law, common law family provision, and civil law. It offers a unique reading of these systems by focusing on the role of continuity in inheritance and by stressing the position of potential recipients. It uses the concept of the intergenerational bond to capture the intersection of continuity, property, and the giver–receiver interrelation. It then highlights the role of continuity in each system and explores their different constructions of continuity. Two main conclusions arise. First, each of these systems has a bifocal dimension. Second, these legal systems can be defined along two axes. One axis is the balance between the giver and the receiver. The other is the content of the bond. The balance between testamentary freedom and familial continuity varies among legal systems, but provides a general model for understanding these systems.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Inheritance, legal systems, comparative, continuity, property, trusts and estates

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Date posted: May 16, 2012  

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Kreiczer-Levy, Shelly, Inheritance Legal Systems and the Intergenerational Bond (May 15, 2012). Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2060184

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Academic Center of Law and Business ( email )
26 Ben-Gurion St.
Ramat-Gan
Israel
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