Changing Landscape Of Same-Sex Couples' Inheritance Rights

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT) -- A surprising decision in Minnesota recently highlights the importance of companies and professional firms staying current on the developing law of same-sex inheritance rights.

On Aug. 1, 2012, a Minnesota state district court ruled that a partner in a same-sex marriage may receive full spousal inheritance rights under Minnesota’s intestacy statutes despite the fact that same-sex marriages are not lawful in Minnesota.

In a trailblazing decision, the Hennepin County Probate Court Division (Fourth Judicial District) determined that Minnesota’s statutory intestacy laws govern the inheritance rights of...
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