Contradiction in the Law of Charitable Lapse

Picton, J. (2015). Contradiction in the Law of Charitable Lapse. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 6, 480-488.

14 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2017

Date Written: January 1, 2015

Abstract

Gifts by will inevitably carry an element of risk. Circumstances change, and so any gift to a charitable organisation is made on an assumption that it will still exist at the testator’s death. This uncertainty has given rise to a branch of equitable jurisprudence. In a persistent series of cases, courts have had to decide what to do with gifts to organisations that have ceased to exist.

Keywords: succession law, charity law, charitable lapse, cy-pres, non-profits

Suggested Citation

Picton, John, Contradiction in the Law of Charitable Lapse (January 1, 2015). Picton, J. (2015). Contradiction in the Law of Charitable Lapse. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, 6, 480-488., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3054917

John Picton (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool ( email )

Chatham Street
Liverpool, L69 7ZA
United Kingdom

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