Maurice Laboz was a NYC real estate investor worth $37 million when he died earlier this year. He left $10 million in trust for each of his daughters and provided that they will receive their inheritance when they reach 35. However, they may receive funds earlier if they abide by his wishes of signing a pre-nuptial agreement prior to marriage ($500K) and graduating from an accredited college and describing the use of trust funds distributed early ($750K). They will also receive a distribution of 3x their annual salary each April 15 and distributions for staying at home with children born in wedlock (3% of the trust value annually). He also disinherited his wife whom he was in the process of divorcing.
Several quick points:
1. Funded trusts are a great vehicle for disinheriting a spouse in the midst of a divorce proceeding. Otherwise, the estranged spouse is entitled to a percentage of the estate at death (1/3 in Ohio).
2. Incentive trusts such as Mr. Laboz’s are good for imposing one’s wishes and values from the grave upon one’s descendants.
3. Personally, I favor a trust clause that distributes 10% of my children’s inheritance to charity for each tattoo that they have, visible or not.