The Catholic University of America

Legislation Frozen in Time: Persistent Problems with Attempts at Uniformity for Social Security Inheritance Rights of Posthumous Children

Description: Today’s sophisticated reproductive technologies have increased the number of children conceived and born after the death of a parent, most often the father. In the first presentation of the 2012 Student Scholar Series, third-year Catholic University law student Kelsey Darnell noted that the ability of children born this way to collect future Social Security benefits can be problematic and unfair. She examined various state laws regarding intestate inheritance, and described recent significant court rulings in this area of law.