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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Lalli v. Lalli
Citation:439 U.S. 259 (1978)
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Appellant Robert Lalli claims to be the illegitimate son of Mario Lalli who passed away intestate in the State of New York. Appellant’s mother, who died before her husband, never was married to Mario. Appellant claimed that he was entitled to inherit from Mario as his child although he had not complied with the New York’s law that requires illegitimate children who would inherit from their fathers by intestate succession to provide a particular form of proof of paternity. Appellant conceded that he had not obtained an order of filiation during his putative father’s lifetime. But he showed evidence of his relationship with Mario Lalli, including a notorized document in which Lalli referred to him as “my son.”
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