Orthodox Jewish woman wins legal battle for house

A Brooklyn woman has just won a legal battle involving inheritance rights. Amy Neustein has been fighting for the past eight years to keep the New York house – left to her by her parents in their will  – which her brother has been trying to forcibly evict her from. Neustein, an Orthodox Jewish woman, explains that this type of legal issue frequently arises within the Orthodox community. Certain Orthodox Jewish communities follow the belief that only sons can inherit property rights.

Neustein’s brother , the first-born son of an Orthodox Rabbi, claimed in court that he had a religious right to evict his sister from her property. The Brooklyn Courthouse in which the legal battle took place awarded Neustein over half a million dollars in damages after she reported that her elder brother had locked her out of her home only days after their father’s death.

The court ruled, not only that the house legally belonged to Neustein, but also that Neustein’s brother owed her the above-mentioned damages as a result of the legal costs incurred over the 8-year legal wrangle, and to compensate Neustein for the stress involved.

Neustein has decided to go public with her battle, revealing that this sort of case is not unusual within the Orthodox community. Despite the obvious heartbreak involved with having to establish a legal case against her own brother, Neustein is determined to shine the media spotlight on her battle so that other women are aware that it is possible to fight religious legal battles of this kind.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/susangreen/ Susan Green

    This makes no sense on multiple levels. First there was a will stating that the assets were to be distributed equally between the THREE children, Amy, he brother Josh AND her sister Frima. Secondly the house which was in both Amy’s name and her fathers name was what the litigation was all about. Amy’s father modified the deed so that his portion was to be divided 50/50 between Josh, Amy’s brother AND her sister, Frima. So I ask you, how could this possible be a case of only sons can inherit property rights if the will was drawn with equal distribution and the litigation involving the 50/50 ownership of 50% of the house. If Josh won then Amy would have gotten 50%, Josh would have gotten 25% and Frima would have gotten 25%. This is a bogus story by a very disturbed individual who lost custody of her only daughter.