Dear Heloise: My husband wants to leave a large share of our estate to our daughter and son-in-law, but on the condition that they convert to our religion. My daughter converted to her husband’s religion when they got married. I don’t think it’s legal to demand someone change faith or religious practices in a will. Could you weigh in?
— Erica S., Dover, N.H.
Erica, it’s always best to consult with an attorney on matters like this (and I highly recommend it). However, our research shows that you cannot place conditions like that on someone. Demands such as divorcing a spouse, getting married or adopting a certain religion cannot be provisions in someone’s will.
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