Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner's Trust For Wife And Kids Calls For Drug Tests

The late Hugh Hefner was the founder of Playboy magazine, and he lived a life of legendary excess and debauchery. However, in his later years, Hef largely sobered up and apparently limited himself to just one woman, and it seems his estate was designed to help the members of his family avoid substance abuse. A review of the estate trust documents also make it clear that Hefner hired some top-notch lawyers to make sure his posthumous wishes were carried out in detail.

Hefner died peacefully in his sleep earlier this fall at the age of 91. The trust documents Hefner prepared state that if the beneficiaries of his estate (his widow Crystal Hefner and his children Christie A. Hefner, David Hefner, Marston Hefner and Cooper Hefner) use illegal substances often or become dependent upon alcohol or any legal drugs, they will be suspended from the benefits of the trust.

A copy of an excerpt of the trust was recently obtained by a media source. The relevant section reads: “If the trustees reasonably believe that a beneficiary of any trust routinely or frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance so as to be physically or psychologically dependent upon that substance, or is clinically dependent upon the use or consumption of alcohol or any other legal drug or chemical substance that is not prescribed by a board certified medical doctor or psychiatrist in a current program of treatment supervised by such a doctor or psychiatrist, and if the Trustees reasonably believe that as a result the beneficiary is unable to care for himself or herself, or is unable to manage his or her financial affairs, all mandatory distributions to the beneficiary, all of the beneficiary’s withdrawal rights, and all of the beneficiary’s rights to participate in decisions concerning the removal and appointment of Trustees will be suspended.”

Also of note, the trust documents also specify that trustees have the authority to order a drug test from a suspected abuser to confirm or deny the suspicions.

That said, if a trustee has been suspended for alcohol or drug abuse, their rights to the trust may be restored: “in the case of use or consumption of an illegal substance, examinations indicate no such use for 12 months and, in all cases, when the Trustees in their discretion determine that the beneficiary is able to care for himself or herself and is able to manage his or her financial affairs.”

According to the documents, Hef established the trust back on May 21, 1991 and he was himself the original trustee until his recent death.

Of interest, the documents also clearly disinherit and exclude from the trust “any person who claims to be a child of mine, including any child of mine conceived after my death, unless such child lived with me in my household and was acknowledged by me in writing to be my child.”

Also keep in mind that Hefner’s sons Marston, 27, and Cooper, 26, can become co-trustees when they reach the age of 30. Hef’s youngest son Cooper is currently employed as the Chief Creative Officer for Playboy Enterprises.

Source: People
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