No Contest Clause

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U.S. Appellate Court Overturns Decision Rejecting SEC’s No-Contest Settlement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held on June 4, 2014 that the U.S. Southern District Court of New York “abused its discretion” when it refused to approve a “no-contest” settlement agreement between...more

Using a No-Contest Clause to Prevent Heirs from Challenging a Will or Trust

If you are worried that disappointed heirs could contest your will or trust after you die, one option is to include a "no-contest clause" in your estate planning documents. A no-contest clause provides that if an heir...more

Update: California Supreme Court Rules That a No-Contest Clause in a Trust is Unenforceable Except Under Specific Circumstances

The California Supreme Court recently ruled in Donkin v. Donkin (December 26, 2013), that a challenge to the terms of a trust, in which beneficiaries were seeking interpretation and claiming fiduciary misconduct by trustees,...more

When are “No-Contest” Clauses Enforceable?

We are often asked about in terrorem clauses or “no-contest” clauses in wills or trusts. Can they be enforced? Under what conditions? Can a contesting party really lose everything? Does a contesting party put anyone else’s...more

Suit To Modify Trusts Did Not Violate No Contest Clause

Texas courts narrowly construe no-contest clauses. In Di Portanova v. Monroe, grandparents set up eight trusts for a grandchild that had a mental disability. No. 01-20-01019-CV, 2012 Tex. App. LEXIS 9859 (Tex. App.—Houston...more

Rumors about the Death of “No Contest” Clauses May Be Premature; Recent Case Offers Hope

Ever since January 1, 2010, when California overhauled the rules governing the enforceability of “no contest” clauses – provisions in testamentary instruments that say anyone who challenges the instrument will be disinherited...more

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