Should "Roommate" Get $135,000 to Pay Hospital Bills?
What is with dead and dying people's parents? You know, if I was dying/died and all of a sudden my parents didn't think my partner, A, was entitled to 1. pull the plug, if necessary 2. inherit anything I had (a lot of books), I hope there's a heaven just so I'd be able to strike them down. But my parents wouldn't do that garbage- I am very lucky. Much luckier than (dead) Gaylene Lamb and (living) lesbian partner (of 13 years!) Susan Martin:
When 43-year-old Gaylene Lamb died of a swollen brain in January, she left behind more than just bank accounts and assets worth $135,000.
Lamb also passed along a serious headache to both her parents and lesbian partner of 13 years.
Because Priscilla and Joe Lamb’s daughter did not have a will, the Queen Creek parents believe they should inherit their daughter’s estate.
But Susan Martin, 49, of Sun City is fighting what she says is an attempt to squeeze her out of the picture. Martin contends she is either coowner of all the assets in question or else owner by right of survivorship.
That’s the legalese used by Martin’s attorney in court filings. During a status conference on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Mesa, Jane Ross stated the matter in far plainer terms.
“Had these two women been allowed to be legally married, we wouldn’t be here today,” Ross said.
The Lambs’ attorney, Brent Bryson, shot back: “It is grossly inappropriate to make this a political case.”
That is gross! There's nothing political about DEATH and FAMILY, people!
And the idea that it was Lamb who "left a headache" to her loved ones is absurd: people die without wills ALL THE TIME. And it's not as though her asshat parents wouldn't be contesting a will if one existed - 13 years kind of seems like a "will" to me.
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Found it on Daily Dose of Queer.