Legislation – Future Interests – Extinguishment of Contingent Remainder Interests in the Unborn

Under the somewhat misleading title of “An Act To Permit the Dissolution of Estates Tail and To Permit the Conveyance of Contingent Remainder Interest and To Provide Procedure Therefor,” Arkansas has enacted legislation which partially revitalizes an ancient common law rule that other legislatures and courts have been trying to eliminate for some hundred and fifty years-the doctrine of the destructibility of contingent remainders. Arkansas’ Act 163 is thus unique among the modern statutes designed to increase the alienability of estates fettered with outstanding future interests.