Can an executor require a beneficiary to divorce or receive a 10 year penalty?
Question Details: My husband's sister is the executor of their fathers no contest Trust. She has complete control of everything. Just recently she imposed a stipulation that if my husband doesn't divorce me he will loose half of everything and not be able to receive anything for 10 years. Have you ever heard of such a thing and is this legal?
It is legal if the terms of the trust give the trustee ("trustee" is the correct term for the person managing a trust; an "executor" is appointed by a will to distribute an estate) that power. Remember: there is no inherent right to receive money or property, etc. from a trust. You only receive it in accordance with the trust's provisions: the instructions govering it, in the document creating the trust. If the trust gives the trustee the power to make this demand, she can; if the trust does not give her the power, she cannot. So the answer to your question is to be found in the documents creating the trust.
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