Property I

Executory Interest

An executory interest is an interest in a grantee following a determinable estate or an estate subject to an executory limitation.

An executory interest automatically takes effect upon the happening of the condition. Its distinguishing characteristic from a contingent interest is that it divests other interests early.

Executory interests can be shifting or springing.


A shifting executory interest divests an estate in another grantee.

e.g. A to B, but if C graduates, to C. C has a shifting executory interest.


A springing executory interest divests an estate in a grantor.

e.g. A to C, if C graduates. C has a springing executory interest.