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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Spousal Disinheritance Made Easy by a Rhode Island Court Decision

Rhode_islandKenneth Rampino (J.D. Candidate May 2008, Roger Williams University School of Law) has recently published his comment entitled Spousal Disinheritance in Rhode Island: Barrett v. Barrett and the (De)evolution of the Elective Share Law, 12 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 420 (2007).

Here is an excerpt from the introduction to his article:

Just months after the Anna Nicole Smith case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, a less scandalous version was litigated in Rhode Island. The case of Barrett v. Barrett did not involve a voluptuous celebrity, a billionaire oil mogul, or a crooked son, but it presented the familiar story of a younger woman marrying an older man and then, after his death, fighting with his children over the estate. At the heart of both cases is the question of what rights a surviving spouse should have to continued support in a society in which multiple marriages are increasingly common.

The Barrett decision drew little attention, yet it changed the law of this state in one dramatic way: it is now remarkably easy to disinherit a spouse. In fact, Rhode Island's law has become one of the least protective of surviving spouses in the entire country. Should we be concerned that our state has dismantled the traditional protections afforded to surviving spouses while many states are doing the opposite? The significance of the change is best understood when looked at in the context of Rhode Island's evolving elective share law.

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how do i get theis article!!!!

Posted by: tashjian, peter | Jul 16, 2010 10:37:12 AM

Peter, if you really want a copy of the article, maybe Kenneth Rampino’s law office will send you a copy of Mr. Rampino’s article. His address is 615 Jefferson Blvd. #104, Warwick, RI 02886, phone is 401-738-1910.

OR you could go a search engine and type in: http://lexisweb.com/
Then in the space for searching, type in:
Note & Comment: Spousal Disinheritance in Rhode Island: Barrett v. Barrett and the (De)evolution of the Elective Share Law

Hit the search button.

Click on the first link (Spousal Disinheritance in Rhode Island: Barrett v. .....). You can purchase Mr. Rampino’s article for $12.50 plus tax.

OR you can ask your interlibrary loan librarian to get you a copy of the article: Note & Comment: Spousal Disinheritance in Rhode Island: Barrett v. Barrett and the (De)evolution of the Elective Share Law
Winter, 2007
12 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 420
Author
Kenneth Rampino

Posted by: Diane Small | Aug 19, 2010 1:41:35 PM

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