Reconstructing Charitable Intention

(2013). Charity Law and Practice Review, 15, 125-152

48 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2017

Date Written: January 1, 2013


A large number of testamentary gifts are made to charitable organisations. The executor can normally straightforwardly follow the testator’s directions and apply the gift to the nominated charity. But the task is not always so simple. Sometimes, the charitable organisation named in the will has expired before the testator dies. Over a long period, the courts have confronted a difficult question of construction: if the charity no longer exists, how should the property be distributed?

Keywords: Charity Law, Non-Profits, Equity and Trusts, Succession, Law, Donors

Suggested Citation

Picton, John, Reconstructing Charitable Intention (January 1, 2013). (2013). Charity Law and Practice Review, 15, 125-152, Available at SSRN:

John Picton (Contact Author)

University of Manchester ( email )

Law School
United Kingdom

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