Until 1980, it was generally believed that an installment contract set up with remaining payments cancelled after the death of the contract seller would be treated as a transfer with a retained life estate. That was sufficient to discourage use of such a concept.
Harl, Neil E.
"Self-Cancelling Installment Notes,"
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