Making Things Fair after a Parent's Death

Amy Ziettlow, Family Studies, 3/5/2015

Everyone dies. But what happens to everything that they leave, their earthly possessions? Deciding who gets what is easier when there's a will or some other record of what the decedent wanted. Regardless of how much formal planning was ever completed, however, the process of distributing prized (or non-prized) possessions is always shaped by the level of cohesion within the family that settles the estate. With the dramatic changes in family structures over the past fifty years, different family forms could have a powerful effect on how property is distributed.

Subjects: Death/dying, Family

More by: Amy Ziettlow


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