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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, December 25, 2017

Hugh Hefner Demands His Heirs Stay Sober

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2017-12-24/b2ff7403-a824-4e44-a519-17e3db34b9f0.pngHugh Hefner died this past September at the age of 91 from heart failure. He left part of his estate in trust for the benefits of his heirs, but included strict limitations. One of the provisions in the trust excludes beneficiaries from receiving distributions if trustee suspects the beneficiary “routinely or frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance so as to be physically or psychologically dependent upon that substance, or is clinically dependent upon the use or consumption of alcohol or any other legal drug or chemical substance that is not prescribed by a board certified medical doctor or psychiatrist in a current program of treatment supervised by such doctor or psychiatrist.” The trustees may request a drug test if they suspect abuse. While discovery of substance abuse prevents the reception of trust assets, distributions may continue if the beneficiary is clean for at least a year and the trustees decide he or she can care for himself or herself.

See Jessica Sager, Hugh Hefner Demands His Heirs Stay Sober, Page Six, December 21, 2017.


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