Interesting case, In Re Boyer In re Estate of Boyar , 2012 IL App (1st) 111013, on taking of benefits under a testamentary instrument

From a blog fan who pointed out an interesting legal concept that is alive and in force in Illinois

The Summary from the Reporter of Decisions:

In an action arising from a dispute over the trust established by
petitioner’s father during his lifetime, the trial court properly dismissed
the surviving son’s petition challenging an amendment naming
respondent as the trustee on the ground that under the election doctrine,
the son’s acceptance of benefits under the trust prohibited him from
contesting the validity of the trust, notwithstanding the son’s argument
that the doctrine applied only to wills, since it applies equally to wills and
trusts, his taking of personal property belonging to the trust as a partial
distribution of his interest in the trust ratified and confirmed the trust in
its entirety and precluded him from challenging the operation of the
document, regardless of his claims that the property taken was…

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