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Claflin v. Claflin

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
20 N.E. 454 (1889)


Facts

Wilbur Claflin’s will left one-third of his estate in a trust to his son, Adelbert Claflin (plaintiff). The will stated that the trustees (defendants) were to pay Adelbert $10,000 when he turned 21, $10,000 when he turned 25, and the balance of his portion of the estate when he turned 30. After Wilbur’s death, the trustee paid Adelbert $10,000 when he turned 21. Prior to his twenty-fifth birthday, Adelbert petitioned the court to require the trustees to pay him the balance of his portion of the estate. Adelbert argued that the delayed payments were void.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Field, J.)

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