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Each state in America operates under one of two legal inheritance principles, either community property laws or common law, explains FindLaw. Community property laws generally grant each partner in a marriage a half-interest in property acquired during the marriage. Common law states rely on whose n


According to the Law Offices of Adrian Philip Thomas, the spouse is usually the first beneficiary, but the descendants of the deceased qualify if the spouse is deceased. To avoid legal confusion, it is important to name each beneficiary in a will instead of using generalities such as "my children."


Pennsylvania imposes an inheritance tax on residents of the state and nonresident decedents who have real or personal property located in the state, according to Nolo. As of 2016, the tax rate is a percentage of the value of the inherited property, depending on its use and the relationship between t


As of 2015, Florida does not have an inheritance tax law, explains About.com's Julie Garber. As of Jan 1, 2005, Florida has no estate tax, explains the State of Florida Department of Revenue. Estate's of decedents who passed away before Jan 1, 2005, are subject to estate tax.


Six states have state inheritance taxes as of 2015. Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska and Pennsylvania have inheritance taxes only, while Maryland and New Jersey have both estate taxes and inheritance taxes.


Texas does not require a state inheritance tax return on estates with a date of death on or after Jan. 1, 2005, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Thus, a state-level tax is no longer collected in Texas.


The state of Michigan levies no inheritance tax or estate tax as of 2015, reports the Michigan Department of Treasury. The only death tax for Michigan residents is the federal estate tax levied on estates worth more than $5.43 million, according to Nolo.


Illinois has no inheritance tax, according to Bankrate. However, Illinois levies a state estate tax on some estates that have estimated gross values of over $4 million as of 2015, reports Nolo.


An early version of the federal inheritance tax, also known as the estate tax, was first authorized by Congress in 1797 and took the form of a stamp act, according to the Heritage Foundation. Multiple subsequent estate taxes were enacted over the next 200 years.


Some of New York State’s criminal laws include Article 140, dealing with burglary and related offenses, and Article 155, dealing with larceny. New York is one of the few states that has adopted almost every provision of the Model Penal Code promulgated by the American Law Institute.