Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Defining When a Parent has “Abandoned” a Child for Purposes of Intestate Succession

I previously blogged a December 11, 2015 Appellate Division case, In re Estate of Fisher, in which the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division considered whether a father’s actions should bar him from receiving a share of his deceased son’s intestate estate, under N.J.S.A. 3B:5-14.1. You can review that blogpost here. In Fisher, the Appellate Division reversed the Chancery Division decision and held that the father had not abandoned his son so as to be barred from a share of his son’s estate.

Since that time, the mother filed a Petition for Certification, asking the Supreme Court to review the Appellate Division’s decision. On April 1, 2016, the Supreme Court declined to review that decision, leaving the Appellate Division decision as the last word on the issue.

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