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So there is there no contract at all in any jurisdiction?
I know US law best, and in US law certainly in some states there are some sorts of contracts that could be enforced. You can sign over all future patents, you can sign non-competes, you could probably sign over rights to any creative output, etc. The order couldn't enforce all aspects of the vow of poverty, but it could have recourse in some situations if it had religious sign certain contracts.
But I don't know what the laws are like in countries that are traditionally Catholic and have legal systems which were intertwined with the Church for centuries. I wasn't sure if, in say Portugal or Italy, the Church would be able to enforce contracts that no one else could. I would expect that a religious would always have the legal right to leave their order, but the order might own whatever they did while they were still members.
First, nothing is signed away until Final Profession and if a dowry has been given then that also is frozen until Final Professions.
When you enter you stop being active in any way with your past, with the outside world. So you would leave as in resign with all that that means
No Nun will have outside involvement with business or outside earnings.
And each order will have its ways to deal with that easily and simply
You let go.Simply that... No the order would not take over eg a business or contracts.
A good example. Thomas Merton, When he was a professed monk he started his writing career He would not have seen any of the huge amounts he made, He belonged to the order and no longer had rights of ownership etc.