Reed v. Reed

Court Outcome by Chris K. and John M.


The Reed’s were a separated couple that both wanted control of their deceased sons estate of around $1,000.

Sally Reed was denied control of her sons estate solely because she was a woman.

Sally Reed


Idaho’s Probate Code stated that “males must be preferred to females” when deciding the controller of an estate.

This violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.


In a 7-0 vote, the court ruled in favor of Sally Reed.

“A mandatory preference to members of either sex over members of the other, just because of their sex and without any true merits, is forbidden by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.”


The court found the Idaho Probate Code treated males and females differently.

States could no longer grant legal precedence to a person based solely on their gender.

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