Tipping the Scales in Favor of Charitable Bequests: A Critique

78 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2013 Last revised: 2 Nov 2013

Elizabeth Ruth Carter

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: June 15, 2013

Abstract

This paper considers the public policy favoring testamentary bequests to charity and offers a critique of that policy.

Public policy favors testamentary bequests to charity. At least, that is the claim of numerous courts and legislative bodies. The policy favoring charitable bequests may tip the scales in deciding the proper interpretation of a will or the merits of an undue influence, incapacity, or tortuous interference with inheritance claim. Paradoxically, courts and legislative bodies rarely discuss the source of this public policy. Nor do they inquire into the wisdom of the policy. They should.

Suggested Citation

Carter, Elizabeth Ruth, Tipping the Scales in Favor of Charitable Bequests: A Critique (June 15, 2013). Pace Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2279911 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2279911

Elizabeth Ruth Carter (Contact Author)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center ( email )

446 Law Center Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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