Donationes Mortis Causa: Where there’s no will, there’s a way

Edward Cumming and Timothy Sherwin bring the doctrine of deathbed gifts up to date ‘It is in the very nature of a donatio mortis causa (DMC) that it is conditional on the donor’s eventual death, and that it is the donor’s death which perfects the gift.’ In this article, we consider donationes mortis causa (DMCs), …
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King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue & anr [2015] EWCA Civ 581

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | September 2015 #152

June Margaret Fairbrother (deceased) lived at 12 Kingcroft Road, Harpenden (property) with a number of cats and dogs, of which she was very fond, as she had no children. It was common knowledge within her family that she intended to leave her estate to animal charities which she supported. By a will dated 20 March 1998 (last will) the deceased left her residuary estate to seven such charities (charities). The claimant, who was a nephew, came to live with the deceased, when she was 78 years old, in the summer of 2007. The arrangement was that he would care for his aunt in return for a hom...

King v Dubrey & ors [2014] EWCH 2083 (Ch)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | October 2014 #143

The deceased, June Fairbrother, (D), a retired policewoman, made a will in March 1998 leaving legacies to friends and family, the 3rd to 14th defendants ,the executors and legatees and the residue to the 15th to 21st defendants, animal charities (the charities). In June 2007 D’s nephew, Mr King, the claimant (C) had a conversation with her. She was increasingly elderly and frightened of going into a home, and he agreed to move in with her to look after her. He had spent some time in prison as a result of an offence under the Companies Act and was living in the property of ...

Charity Law Update: Responsible giving

Peter Steer and Sarah Clune review recent developments in third sector law ‘Prudence is perhaps a rather old fashioned virtue, but it should make trustees stop and think whether what they have cleverly structured or who they are involved with is really in the best interests of the charity, or themselves.’ This article is a …
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Donatio Mortis Causa: The doctrine of giving

Richard Selwyn Sharpe examines how a gift in contemplation of death is treated in the modern world ‘The gift must be conditional on the donor’s death and is therefore revocable until that event occurs. The donor sometimes expresses the intention in words to the donee that the gift is conditional on death but this is …
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