New Jersey Woman Fails to Contest Father’s Will Over Alleged Bias Against Jewish Spouse
A New Jersey woman who claimed her father disinherited her because she married a Jew failed in her latest attempt to contest the will, the Courier-Post reported.
According to the report, a panel of three judges on Friday upheld a previous ruling against the suit of Stacy Wolin, the sole surviving heir of an estate left instead to the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Community Services in Deptford, which serves people with developmental disabilities. (Wolin’s disabled sister died in childhood.)
Wolin argued that because her parents disowned her when she refused to stop dating a Jew — the man she ultimately married and with whom she had three children — she was forced to pay for her college education by herself and even had to spend her semester breaks at her then-boyfriend’s house. She also said that her father (whose wife died before him) once “confronted the rabbi at the temple where [her boyfriend’s] family worshiped” and accused him of brainwashing his daughter.
In addition, she claimed, her father refused to meet his grandchildren, who were raised according to Jewish tradition.
Wolin’s father, Kenneth Jameson, died in 2014 at the age of 81. In his will, drafted in 1987, he explained that his daughter would inherit nothing for rejecting the “love, care and concern which I lavished” on her, acting “with selfishness, manipulation, cruelty and with abusiveness.”
The judges ruled that though a will’s provisions may be “shockingly unnatural and unfair,” courts are required to uphold its validity if it was written by someone “of sufficient age to be competent and … of sound and unconstrained mind.”
They also ruled that the state’s Law Against Discrimination does not make it unlawful “to disinherit [a] child based upon an alleged discriminatory motive founded upon religion or religious affiliation.” They added that Jameson “provide[d] an explanation for his disinheritance,” wholly unrelated to her allegations.