have a vested interest (in something)

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have a vested interest (in something)

To have a personal stake in something, typically because one could potentially benefit from it. Of course I have a vested interest in how the board reacts to this proposal—if they like it, they might promote me!
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have a vested ˈinterest (in something)

have a personal reason for wanting something to happen, especially because you get some advantage from it: He has a vested interest in Mona leaving the firm (= perhaps because he may get her job).
See also: have, interest, vested
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In addition, if the beneficiary has the right to demand immediate possession and enjoyment of corpus or income, the beneficiary has a present interest whether or not the right is exercised and whether or not the beneficiary has a vested interest in the trust corpus or income (Estate of Cristofani, 97TC 74 (1991)).
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The Fourth Circuit is the first circuit to determine whether a participant's current or former spouse has a vested interest in the surviving spouse benefits.
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