I recently received an email from someone asking this,
My grand mother recently passed away and I learned that my inheritance will be paid out to me over a ten year period. What caught me off guard was she was forcing me take a drug test in order to receive an inheritance. Can a dead family member force me to to take a drug test in order to receive access to my trust fund?
I’m not a lawyer, I’m just a lab tech, but I did some research and found yes your deceased grandmother can control you from the grave. Its amazing what a will can make people do in order to receive their inheritances.
So what does the law permit? Surprises, at times. Leona Helmsley, the widow of billionaire real-estate magnate Harry Helmsley, left a trust to care for her beloved dog, Trouble, after her death. Ms. Helmsley also required her grandchildren to visit their father’s grave once a year in order to receive payouts.
How to Control Your Heirs From the Grave [wsj.com]
Attorneys can now write unbreakable trust and inheritances for families members wanting to protect their beneficiaries from themselves so drug testing provisions are included in the family trust and inheritances.
Whatever our age, upbringing, education, or social status, many of us know and love someone who has been impacted by drug or alcohol addiction. Substance abuse affects not only the user but also his or her friends and family, who must decide if and how they can maintain a relationship with and support their loved one. In particular, estate planning for
individuals and families with a loved one who suffers from substance abuse involves a careful balancing act to support the basic needs of the beneficiary without becoming an enabler.
If you are considering leaving an inheritance to a loved one who has a drug or alcohol problem, you can provide support while protecting his or her inheritance through a Trust with a properly drafted drug testing provision.