A divided Court of Appeals panel overturned a Georgia trial judge’s award of more than $790,000 to a man who successfully argued to a jury that his sisters had exercised “undue influence” over their ailing father, convincing him to bequeath them the lion’s share of his estate.   

The majority agreed that the daughters had worked to cut their brother out of some of his inheritance but said a “in terrorem clause”—which decreed that anyone who contested the provisions of a trust the man established before his death would be cut out of the proceeds—meant he had no legal right to challenge the trust or to any of its funds.