– There are grounds to amend for instance the inheritance legislation, since it discriminates many children in rainbow families. Inheritance taxation and norms of blood-kin and marital reproduction in the inheritance legislation can position children very differently in one family.
Internationally groundbreaking study
The online survey Inheritance and will writing in sexually marginalised groups was launched on the Internet in six languages: Finnish, English, Russian, Swedish, Romanian and Hungarian. It is the first ever extensive study on the subject.
It adds important empirical data about real-life queer care and support relations in the discussion of lesbian and gay rights in different countries in the EU.
Biggest queer inheritances in Helsinki
The study revealed that more than 63 percent of LGBT people consider that they do not know enough about the inheritance legislation to write a will or do other preparatory succession arrangements. Three of ten gay men but only two of ten lesbians have written a will.
A median “queer inheritance” in Finland is 30 000 euros while an average inheritance in Finland was about 80 000 euros in 2015. Biggest queer inheritances were received in Helsinki, according to the survey.
Almost one tenth of people in sexually marginalized groups have been involved in a fight about inheritance. In most cases these fights have been with siblings or other relatives, not parents.
Over thousand responses
The research was implemented by Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Antu Sorainen as a part of Wills and Inheritance Practices in Sexually Marginalised Groups research project. It was financed by the Academy of Finland and the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki, Gender Studies Discipline with the assistance of M.Soc.Sci Anna Heinonen
The study resulted in over thousand respondents of whom a half were from Finland.
Dr. Sorainen has also collected a large database of personal interviews on family wealth histories and succession among LGBTQ people.
Academy Research Fellow, docent Antu Sorainen, tel: +358 44 533 1984, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org