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Writing (Gay and Lesbian) Wills

  title={Writing (Gay and Lesbian) Wills},
  author={D. Monk},
  journal={Estate Planning eJournal},
  • D. Monk
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology
  • Estate Planning eJournal
This article presents some of the findings of an empirical research project that explored writing wills for gay men and lesbians. The research aimed to examine the extent to which wills might contribute to sociological debates about alternative kinships and intimate citizenship. While the overarching aim of the project was an interest in the contents of the wills (which is to say the intentions of the testators), it also revealed the influence of the lawyers on the contents of the wills and the… Expand
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