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Vol 22 No 11 Nov/Dec 2017

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Deathbed Gifts: The Law of Donatio Mortis Causa

ISBN13: 9781854319388
ISBN: 1854319388
Published: June 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £56.00

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An extensive treatment of deathbed gifts in English law. Such gifts are sometimes made by donors who, when facing impending death, transfer their property conditionally on death. It is an area of the law containing rules which have their origins in Roman Law, and which have continued to be been developed in modern law combining aspects of the laws of succession, trusts and personal property.

Deathbed Gifts provides a detailed exposition and analysis of the current rules. It also traces the origins of the law and examines its continued development by the courts. The subject is represented by a rich case law including recent Court of Appeal decisions; a comprehensive summary of the case law is included.

Wills and Probate
Origins of the law in the donatio mortis causa of Roman law
contemplation of death
conditional on death
delivery/transfer of property
property capable of being given by donation
critique and reform
summary of cases.