Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will

Picton, J. (2014). Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will. Trust Law International, 28(2), 78-88.

11 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2017

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

A difficult legal conundrum has long perplexed the courts: what should be done with excessive charitable gifts by will? The issue has recurred over a period of centuries, arising where a testamentary donor leaves more than is needed. The problem occurs where the testator sets out a particular vision, such as the erection of a stained-glass window, a scheme to heat local homes, or the completion of an academic project, and overestimates the cost of the plan leaving bounty without an obvious application.

Keywords: Charitable gifts, cy-pres, legal history, excessive gifts, succession law, charity law, non-profits, philanthropy

Suggested Citation

Picton, John, Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will (January 1, 2014). Picton, J. (2014). Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will. Trust Law International, 28(2), 78-88., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3054918

John Picton (Contact Author)

University of Manchester ( email )

Law School
Manchester
United Kingdom

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