Talk about ingrates!
A New York City real estate tycoon made some modest demands of his daughters before they can inherit $10 million each from his estate — wait until they’re married to have children, graduate from a decent school, take care of their mother.
But the debutante duo don’t even want to do that!
The daughters of Manhattan mogul Maurice Laboz, who died earlier this year, are going to court to fight conditions Laboz placed on their inheritance, with one lawyer claiming Laboz terms are just the symptoms of a man trying to control his daughters from the afterlife.
“People try to control from the grave, but I’ve never seen it as bad as this,” lawyer Raoul Felder, who knows the family from representing Maurice’s widow, Ewa, in a divorce proceeding.
Well, maybe they define “bad” differently in the Big Apple. Since most right-thinking people would have no problem with the terms Laboz laid out.
According to the New York Post:
Marlena Laboz, 21, and her sister, Victoria, 17, will be able to go to court in Manhattan on Aug. 12 to oppose rules that say they have to get married and have kids “in wedlock” or take care of their mother to receive any of their inheritance before they’re 35.
An example of the rules from the New York Post includes:
Marlena will get $500,000 for tying the knot, but only if her husband signs a sworn statement promising to keep his hands off the cash.
She nets another $750,000 if she graduates “from an accredited university” and writes “100 words or less describing what she intends to do with the funds” — with the trustees appointed by her dad to oversee her money responsible for approving her essay.
Both daughters get a big incentive to earn decent salaries by 2020. Each young woman is guaranteed to receive an annual payout of three times the income listed on their personal federal tax return. In a not-so-subtle nod to the taxman, their checks will be cut every April 15.
If the daughters have kids and don’t work outside the house, the trustees will give them each 3 percent of the value of their trust every Jan. 1. There’s one catch: The money flows only for a “child born in wedlock.”
The sisters could earn the same amount being “a caregiver” to their mother, Ewa Laboz, 58, whom their father was in the middle of divorcing. She got nothing in the will and has indicated that she will contest it.
Despite the obvious sanity of Laboz’s demands, the sisters are getting a lot of sympathetic news coverage over the will, with more than one news outlet referring to the conditions as outrageous or “bizarre,” as the Daily Mail did.
Wait until you get married to have kids. Graduate from a decent college. Take care of your mother.
Just about everybody can understand wanting your kids to do all that.
And these girls don’t even want to do it for $20 million.
Now that’s bizarre.
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