Changing Landscape Of Same Sex Couple s Inheritance Rights

The law in this area will continue to evolve for years to come and likely will take on many nuances. It is important to stay current on court decisions that may not, at first blush, appear to impact your business or professional work.

August 20, 2012

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 1:17 PM ET) -- 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.

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