From: Harvey Newstrom (mail@HarveyNewstrom.com)
Date: Wed Jan 16 2002 - 06:55:42 MST
J. R. Molloy wrote,
> From: "Harvey Newstrom" <mail@HarveyNewstrom.com>
> > Why should I care if the beneficiaries are
> > married, sexual partners, an aging parent being supported, an unemployed
> > freeloader that hangs around the employee's house, or whatever?
> If there are no children from a marriage, the courts usually don't care
> Children are what makes marriage something other than a domestic
Actually, it is worse when there are no children. Somebody has to inherit
the deceased's property. If there are no children, blood relatives want the
money. Legally speaking, domestic partners are not recognized as being
relatives by the government. Thus, any far flung cousin that has never met
the deceased can come in and take away property from the surviving partner.
Even clearly-specific wills are often overturned.
-- Harvey Newstrom, CISSP <www.HarveyNewstrom.com> Principal Security Consultant, Newstaff Inc. <www.Newstaff.com> Board of Directors, Extropy Institute <www.Extropy.org> Cofounder, Pro-Act <www.ProgressAction.org>
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