The ‘Social Contract’, Care and Inheritance in England and Hong Kong
31 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019 Last revised: 3 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 25, 2019
In common with much of the world, the populations of both England and Hong Kong are ageing. One of the most important questions of our age is therefore how to allocate the burdens of providing and funding the care that increasing numbers of people are likely to need. Another vital question affecting the elderly and their families is that of inheritance: how legitimate is the claim of family members (including adult children) to a person’s assets? The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between these questions, with reference to concepts such as the ‘social contract’ and family solidarity, and the law of family provision in England and Hong Kong.
Keywords: social care, carers, inheritance, family, solidarity
JEL Classification: K11, K36, K38, K19, I10
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