Vested remainder subject to defeasibility:
The holder of the remainder is ascertainable, but the occurrence of a specified condition could extinguish the remainder.
Example: Olivia conveys Greenacre “To Arnold for life, then to Ben and his heirs; but if Ben dies before Arnold, then to Claire and her heirs.” Arnold has a life estate; Ben has a vested remainder subject to divestment because the occurrence of his death before the end of Arnold’s life estate extinguishes Ben’s remainder.
My question: how is the holder of the remainder ascertainable, if in the present it is up in the air--since it could be Ben or Claire.
Thanks for any help on this.
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