Monday, August 15, 2016

New Jersey Appeals Court OKs Religiously Discriminatory Disinheritance

In In re the Estate of  Kenneth E. Jameson, (NJ App., Aug. 12, 2016), a New Jersey appeals court
held that New Jersey law does not bar an individual from disinheriting his or her child for religiously discriminatory reasons. At issue was a will challenge by Stacy Wolin whose parents' wills were drafted when she was in college and in a romantic relationship with Marc Wolin, a Jewish man who she later married.  Her Catholic parents objected strenuously to her dating Marc because of his Jewish faith.  The court rejected a series of challenges to the father's will, including ones charging religious discrimination, saying that neither the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination nor New Jersey public policy bars disinheriting a child based on religion or religious affiliation.  AP reports on the decision.  [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]