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Jewish Inheritance Law (Beginner's Guide)

The Judaism law of succession is the oldest religious Law in history that governs Jews daily life. It encompasses moral and spiritual laws and specific wealth management and estate planning narrations. Rabbi consider it essential to write a Halachic Will. Under Halakhah:

  1. When a wife dies, most or all her assets belong to her surviving husband.

  2. When a male survives by sons and minor daughters, his estate is required to support his daughters with food, clothing, utensils, and shelter until they come of age.

  3. When a male survives by sons and single daughters, the estate may need to pay dowries to the daughters when they get married.

  4. When a husband passes away without writing a will, according to Halachah, although his surviving spouse might have certain rights with regard to being supported (see below), only his sons are heirs (title owners) of the estate’s assets, even if he survives by sons and daughters.

  5. A firstborn male is entitled to a double portion of the estate.

  6. If no sons are living, the daughters are exclusive heirs of the estate (and not his surviving spouse and other relatives).

  7. Torah heirs are given certain rights that may not be under one’s secular will unless waived by the heir.

  8. When a senior survives by his spouse, his estate is required to support his spouse with food, clothing, utensils, shelter, and medical needs unless she accepts a lump sum payment of her kesubah (marriage contract) or gets remarried. The amount specified in her kesubah could be more than $50,000.


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