Friday, June 8, 2012

Daughters did not Inherit

During colonial times, married daughters could not inherit. The reason for this is that her husband was responsible for her care, debts and protection. Since women had no legal rights, it was the moral duty of her brothers or husband to protect her, if need be. The married daughter's portion went to her husband, often with the stipulation that at his death, the property would be retained by the daughter. This was one of the purposes of marriage contracts, to insure the return of property to it's original owner or establish title to the wife or daughter. Hey, ladies, the husband was still getting credit for your income and properties with banking institutions through the 1960s. Community property still does not exist in some States.
If the Civil Rights had truly been for legal equality, they would have also pursued the injustices among the sexes.

Where to find images of last wills and testaments online.

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