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In re Elizabeth J. K. L. Lucas Charitable Gift
Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
261 P.3d 800 (2011)
Elizabeth Lucas created a charitable trust that gave an interest in a particular piece of property to the Hawaiian Humane Society (Humane Society) (plaintiff) to create an educational reserve to preserve the environment and educate the public. If the property was not used in this way, Lucas stated, the land was to go to the state of Hawaii (plaintiff) to use as a public park. After many years of researching possible solutions, the Humane Society, the state, and Lucas’s heirs (plaintiffs) all agreed that the land was not usable as either an educational reserve or a public park. Instead, the parties proposed a plan to give some land to the state for nonpublic environmental uses and to sell the remaining land to the heirs. The sale proceeds would create a fund for the Humane Society to use for general educational purposes. The parties sought the probate court’s approval of the proposed deal, arguing that the cy pres doctrine allowed this modification of the trust’s terms. However, the court ruled that if the Humane Society could not use the land as intended, the entire land interest should go to the state as the alternate recipient. The Humane Society appealed, and no party opposed the appeal.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Leonard, J.)
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