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This is an appeal from a decree of the Prerogative Court reversing the Essex County Orphan’s Court’s decision to probate the last will and testament of Louisa F. Strittmater. The issue is whether a single and eccentric woman, who belonged for nearly twenty years to an organization that works to achieve equal rights for women, lacked testamentary capacity to leave the bulk of her estate to that organization. The appellees – her uncle, two male cousins, and a female cousin – argue that she was governed by insane delusions about men that caused her to disinherit her male relatives. We reverse the Prerogative Court and remand the case for proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion.
Could a feminist perspective change the shape of tax laws? Feminist reasoning and analysis are recognized as having tremendous potential to affect employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights laws - but they can likewise transform tax law (as well as other statutory or code-based areas of the law). By highlighting the importance of perspective, background, and preconceptions on reading and interpreting statutes, this volume shows what a difference feminist analysis can make to statutory interpretation. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions brings together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite tax decisions in which a feminist emphasis would have changed the outcome, the court's reasoning, or the future direction of the law. Featuring cases including medical expense deductions for fertility treatment, gender confirmation surgery, tax benefits for married individuals, the tax treatment of tribal lands, and business expense deductions, this volume opens the way for a discussion of how viewpoint is a key factor in statutory interpretation.