Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78 - 88
Number of pages11
JournalTrust Law International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Charitable gifts
  • cy-pres
  • Legal history
  • Excessive gifts
  • Succession law
  • Charity Law
  • Non-Profits
  • Philanthropy


Dive into the research topics of 'Realistic Intention and Excessive Charitable Gifts by Will'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this