New York Consolidated Laws, Estates, Powers and Trusts Law - EPT § 6-5.10 When future estates are defeated

A future estate cannot be defeated or barred by any disposition or other act of the owner of the precedent estate, nor by the destruction of such precedent estate by disseizen, forfeiture, surrender, merger or otherwise;  but a future estate may be defeated in any manner which the creator has provided.

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