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A Primer On Kentucky Intestacy Laws, Carolyn S. Bratt Jan 1993

A Primer On Kentucky Intestacy Laws, Carolyn S. Bratt

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Some form of inheritance has existed since ancient times. The biblical story of Esau, who sold his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for a mess of potage, demonstrates the long-standing recognition of inheritance rights. Although the United States Constitution does not explicitly guarantee to the owner of property a right to transmit that property upon death to another person, the United States Supreme Court has held that a total abrogation of the right of inheritance without the payment of just compensation is unconstitutional.

Every state has a system of inheritance created by statute and by case law. State inheritance ...