The last will of a person is usually considered binding on the executors and people sometimes try to ‘rule from the grave’ by laying down stiff conditions that heirs must meet in order to get their inheritance. Putting such conditions always struck me as a bad idea except in the case where the heirs were small children or otherwise incompetent to handle their own affairs, but such requests are almost always obligatory.
Jonathan Turley writes about an extraordinary case in which a woman ordered that her cat be euthanized after her death. This was not out of cruelty. She was in fact an animal lover and had left most of her money to animal charities. But she had rescued the cat from an abusive home and was fearful that it would be abused after her death.
But still, is such a request reasonable? The executors felt that they could not carry out the order and appealed to a judge who agreed to overturn that condition, something that rarely happens with wills.
I think it was the right decision.