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Intermarried Chicago Kids Won’t Get Grandpa’s Money

But will presented weird incentives for dad

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This morning, we mentioned the case of the Chicago man whose grandchildren were disinherited for marrying non-Jews. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that dentist Max Feinberg and his wife, Erla, were within their rights when drafting wills that made marrying Jews a condition of receiving a share of their estate. Legally speaking, this seems logical. Parents have no doubt drawn up valid wills based on flimsier preferences. “Equal protection does not require that all children be treated equally,” the judge in the case wrote. What strikes us as odd is that, in the absence of Jewish spouses, the money earmarked for the dentist’s five grandchildren—a respectable quarter-million apiece—goes instead to Max Feinberg’s son and daughter. What Feinberg seems to have done, in essence, is draft a will that gave his children an incentive to have their children marry non-Jews—which, given the will’s intent, seems a little odd.

Ill. High Court OKs ‘Jews Only’ Inheritance [AP]

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Intermarried Chicago Kids Won’t Get Grandpa’s Money

But will presented weird incentives for dad

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