The ‘Social Contract’, Care and Inheritance in England and Hong Kong

31 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019 Last revised: 3 Oct 2019

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Brian Sloan

University of Cambridge - Robinson College, Cambridge; University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 25, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sloan, Brian, The ‘Social Contract’, Care and Inheritance in England and Hong Kong (September 25, 2019). University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 28/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3459453 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3459453

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