It is the natural desire of any testator that his will be speedily probated after his death and that there be no rancorous bickerings over his estate by his beneficiaries. One might, therefore, expect that no-contest conditions--conditions prescribing forfeiture of any interest under the will if a beneficiary contests probate-would be of common occurrence and that the rules regulating a testator's right to employ them would be well settled. As a matter of fact, conditions of this type have appeared from time to time ever since cases were first reported, but their validity is far from settled; the state of the law is quite chaotic.
Olin L. Browder Jr.,
TESTAMENTARY CONDITIONS AGAINST CONTEST,
Mich. L. Rev.
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