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Validity of Inheritance Rights in Same-Sex Marriage

Prior to New York's legalization of same-sex marriage, an appeals court upheld the right of a man to inherit the contents of his partner's estate, after the Will was disputed by the deceased individual's siblings. At that time, there appeared to be a growing trend in the courts affirming the inheritance rights of gay and lesbian couples who had been legally married elsewhere. Now that same-sex couples can marry here, inheritance rights of those who originally married in another jurisdiction are likely to be strengthened. If you are a party in a legal same-sex marriage, now reside in New York, and are named in the Will of your partner, there is support for your right to inherit against the claims of the deceased's family members. 

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