No one knows that life isn’t fair more than people who have faced discrimination because of who they are. We have come a long way in this country towards ending this discrimination, but we all know that it continues. LGBTQ couples and individuals are constantly having to fight for their basic rights. Most of the fights today are over the right to get married. However, there is an interesting twist to that fight in a challenge over a New York Will.
Frank Mendelbaum passed away a wealthy man with a gay son, Judge Robert Mendelbaum. The Judge recently had a child. Frank Mendelbaum created a Trust in his Will and named his grandchildren as the beneficiaries. Despite the fact that he knew his son was gay, he made a condition in the Will that the Judge’s son could only be a beneficiary of the Trust, if the Judge marries the biological mother before the child is 6 months old.
The Judge is challenging the Will under New York law. If you, or someone you know, faces similar discrimination, seek the advice of an experienced Probate attorney to see what you can do.