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

Knack Extra, March 2, 2011

4 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2011  

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; Tilburg Law School Department of Private Law and TISCO; Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) - Católica Global School of Law; Greenille by Laga

Date Written: 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.

Notes: Downloadable document is in Dutch.

Keywords: Inheritance law, Marital Property Law, Social Inequality

JEL Classification: K11, K12

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1781723

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

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 by Laga ( email )

Boulevard de la Woluwe 2
1150 Brussels
Belgium
003227380650 (Phone)
003227380660 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.greenille.eu

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