When an individual wants to disinherit a family member, an “in terrorem” or “no contest” clause in his/her will can be effective. The clause can deter challenges to a will, but it does have its limits and should be used carefully.
Can an “Irrevocable” Trust be Changed?
Under New York law, a trustee can modify an irrevocable trust in certain situations. The process, called “decanting,” permits alteration of a trust by “pouring” the existing (invaded) trust into a new trust. This gives the trustee surprising flexibility to create a new trust that will better accommodate changed circumstances, notwithstanding that the trust is irrevocable.