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August 14, 2016 1:06 pm

New Jersey Woman Fails to Contest Father’s Will Over Alleged Bias Against Jewish Spouse

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Stacy Wolin. Photo: Facebook.

Stacy Wolin. Photo: Facebook.

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.

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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.

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  • though I haven’t read the decision and, so, acknowledging the danger of expressing an uninformed opinion, here are a few thoughts:
    the hateful testator was not taking any chances: he was not going to take a chance that his decision to disinherit his daughter would be overturned because of a candid expression of religious prejudice. so, he resorted to general allegations of “rejecting the ‘love, care and concern which I lavished’ on her, acting ‘with selfishness, manipulation, cruelty and with abusiveness.'” – if Wolin’s position is to be credited, these allegations are false, except to the extent that they reflect her father’s venomous bigotry.

    what if the court had, in fact found, as it apparently should have, that the testator’s decision arose from his religious or racial animus? the court, also, was not taking any chances. it avoided reaffirming the long-standing solicitude for the testator’s wishes, irrespective of how infected by vile prejudice.

  • Benedict

    This made sad reading, the love a father has for his children cannot be measured. What he did was right as he thought, and as a daughter she should have accepted it.
    Today she is a mother and will know how it feels when one of her own children will do the same to her. God has this knack of making such instances come a full circle

    • Pete Gould SGM R

      Yes!!! She evidently failed to ho our or assist her father. Karma. She got what she deserves.

  • Look on the bright side, in some countries the parents will kill the daughter if she marries a Jew!!!

  • Yaakov

    She didn’t fail to contest the will; she did contest the will.

  • brenrod

    apparently the father believes he will escape the hell in which he believes….. will the devil ride a jet ski in his lake of fire or feces?

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