Contradiction in the Law of Charitable Lapse

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-488
Number of pages9
JournalThe Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • succession law
  • charity law
  • charitable lapse
  • cy-pres
  • non-profits


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