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The shortening of the time at which a future estate is to vest, as where the precedent estate fails to come into existence, or, having come into existence, terminates prematurely.


The common law indicates that a remainder interest can be accelerated upon the renunciation of a preceding life interest, unless the terms and circumstances of the donative instrument manifest a contrary intent. This common law principle was codified at O.C.G.A. § 53-2-115 (c): 'Unless the decedent . . . has otherwise indicated by [the terms of] his or her will, the interest renounced and any future interest which is to take effect . . . after the termination of the interest renounced shall pass as if the person renouncing had predeceased the decedent.' Restatement (First) of Property  § 231 (1936). Jurisdictions have differed on what constitutes a 'contrary intent.' An intent to accelerate need not be express, but can be implied from the four corners of the agreement, Wetherbee v. First State Bank &c. Co., 266 Ga. 364, 365 (466 S.E.2d 835) (1996).


In Wetherbee, Mr. Wetherbee created a trust for the maintenance and support of his wife for life. Upon his wife's death, a ...

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