Issue: Under California law, how is a court’s analysis of whether a specific bequest has adeemed affected where the disposition of the property was due to the actions of the testator’s or settler’s guardian, conservator or power of attorney?
Area of Law:
Estate Planning & Probate, Family Law
Ademption; Disposition of estate or trust property; An incompetent/incapacitated testator or settler
232 Cal. App. 2d 847
One class of cases involving ademption concerning those in which the disposition of estate or trust property has been made by a third party acting for an incompetent/incapacitated testator or settler. Estate of Mason, 62 Cal. 2d 213 (1965) is the leading case in this area of ademption jurisprudence. There the court stated that “when the guardian of a mentally incompetent testator has sold property subject to a specific gift in his ward’s will, the beneficiary is awarded the proceeds of the sale.” 62 Cal. 2d at 215. The court explained: