Donatio mortis causa: An end to deathbed gifts?

Sarah Bolt examines the current approach to deciding what is a valid deathbed gift This case was a prime example of circumstances in which a deathbed gift ought not to be allowed to validate otherwise ineffective testamentary dispositions. Deathbed gifts are back in the spotlight with the recent decision of Davey v Bailey on 26 …
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Cases Referenced

  • Davey & anor v Bailey & ors [2021] EWHC 445 (Ch) (to be reported in the next issue of Wills and Trusts Law Reports)
  • King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue & anor [2015] WTLR 1225 CA
  • Vallee v Birchwood [2013] WTLR 1095 Ch D