Language in the will also created a no contest clause that states the son is to get nothing if he ever challenges the will.

The Daily Mail reported the story in a recent article titled “Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta snubs adopted son from $26M will ‘after high-profile falling out over son’s clothes label’.”

It should be noted that, even though the will contains a no contest clause, this is not necessarily the end of the story. Courts have been loath to uphold the clauses if a good reason exists for challenging a will and the challenge is made in good faith.

Whether or not Moises de la Renta does want to challenge his father’s will remains to be seen.

An experienced estate planning attorney can help you protect your estate plan from potential beneficiary challenges, but great care must be taken.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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