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Review of Reviews: “Transgender Beneficiaries: In Becoming Who You Are, Do You Lose the Benefits Attached to Who You Were?” Hofstra L. Rev. (forthcoming)

Ashleigh Rousseau, law clerk at Lieb at Law P.C., Smithtown, N.Y.

What if William Smith executes a will using the phrase “to my son, Joseph.” Before William dies, Joseph embraces her gender identity as a woman and lawfully changes her name to Josephine. After William’s death, is Josephine still entitled to the right to inherit under the will, or did embracing her gender identity deprive her of this right? This article, by Ashleigh Rousseau, explores what happens to William, or any decedent, who names a beneficiary in a will by using the beneficiary’s name


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