State alien inheritance statutes of the "benefit" or "reciprocity" type have provided the states with a means of attempting to influence the inheritance laws of foreign nations, and have been utilized by some state judges to express disapproval of particular foreign governments. This note analyzes the potential conflict between these statutes and the exclusive federal foreign relations power in light of a recent Supreme Court decision finding an alien inheritance statute to be an unconstitutional interference with federal authority.
Alien Inheritance Statutes and the Foreign Relations Power,
1969 Duke Law Journal
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