Daughters To Inherit Father's Self-Acquired Property If No Will: Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that daughters of a dying male Hindu, who does not have a will, would be entitled to inherit the self-acquired and other properties obtained in the partition by the father

  • The top court further stated that daughters will get preference over other collateral members of the family.

  • The verdict stated that "Right of a widow or daughter to inherit the self-acquired property or share received in the partition of a coparcenary property of a Hindu male dying intestate is well recognized not only under the old customary Hindu Law but also by various judicial pronouncements."

  • The bench was dealing with the legal issue concerning the right of the daughter to inherit the self-acquired property of her father, in the absence of any other legal heir.

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