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A Place for Death Bed Gifts (Donatio Mortis Causa) in Modern Times?

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 1st December 2015

The doctrine of donatio mortis causa (which in Latin translates to ‘gift by reason of death’) (“DMC”) dates back to the Roman times, and given the statutory provisions of s9 of the Wills Act 1837 and s52 of the Law of Property Act 1925 (governing formalities of a Will and conveyances by deed), is there room for these death bed gifts in the 21st century?

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