Dead Hands A Social History of Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Law

ISBN-10: 0804762090
ISBN-13: 9780804762090
Edition: 2009
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 3/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The law of succession rests on a single brute fact: you can't take it with you. The stock of wealth that turns over as people die is staggeringly large. In the United States alone, some41 trillion will pass from the dead to the living in the first half of the 21st century. But the social impact of inheritance is more than a matter of money; it is also a matter of what money buys and brings about. Law and custom allow people many ways to pass on their property. As Friedman's enlightening social history reveals, a decline in formal rules, the ascendancy of will substitutes over classic wills, social changes like the rise of the family of affection, changing ideas of acceptable heirs, and the potential disappearance of the estate tax all play a large role in the balance of wealth.Dead Handsuncovers the tremendous social and legal importance of this rite of passage, and how it reflects changing values and priorities in American families and society.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Distribution after Death
The Last Will and Testament
Breaking a Will: Will Contests and Their Social Meaning
Will Substitutes
Dynastic and Caretaker Trusts
Control by the Dead and Its Limits: The Rise and Fall of the Rule against Perpetuities
Charitable Gifts and Foundations
Death and Taxes
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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