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Deeds-Testamentary Character, James R. Bliss S.Ed. May 1947

Deeds-Testamentary Character, James R. Bliss S.Ed.

Michigan Law Review

In 1929 J. J. Coulter and wife signed, acknowledged, and delivered to be recorded an instrument granting in customary form certain described land to their daughter, Eliza Coulter. The instrument then recited, "It is understood between the parties hereto that the grantors are to have the possession, control and occupancy of said lands during their natural life, and at their death the title to said lands shall vest in the said Eliza Coulter, but not until the death of both grantors herein, does the title pass." The present action, presumably instituted after the death of the makers, sought construction of …


Charities-Statutory Restrictions On Testamentary Dispositions To Charity-Interpretation Of California Statute, Edwin F. Uhl Apr 1947

Charities-Statutory Restrictions On Testamentary Dispositions To Charity-Interpretation Of California Statute, Edwin F. Uhl

Michigan Law Review

Testatrix, domiciled in California, devised her residuary estate to the Eastern Star Lodge, expressly disinheriting her heirs. A further clause provided, "Any portion of my estate which shall be held to have been disposed of in violation of section 41 of the Probate Code shall be distributed to my friend, Eleanor Mott." Section 41 provides that charitable gifts made by a testator, survived by certain designated relatives, including nephews and nieces, "who, under the will, or the laws of succession, would otherwise have taken the property so bequeathed or devised," would be invalid unless executed at least thirty days prior …


Wills--A Problem In Statutory Interpretation, Bertel M. Sparks Jan 1947

Wills--A Problem In Statutory Interpretation, Bertel M. Sparks

Kentucky Law Journal

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Model Probate Code And Monographs On Probate Law: A Review, Russell Denison Niles Jan 1947

Model Probate Code And Monographs On Probate Law: A Review, Russell Denison Niles

Michigan Law Review

The current volume in the Michigan Legal Studies, Problems in Probate Law: Model Probate Code, is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by the cooperation of a professional association and a well-financed and forward-looking law school. The Probate Division of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of the American Bar Association initiated the project of preparing a model probate code and sponsored the project through to completion. The code is the Probate Division's proudest achievement. But the code would not have been possible without the Herculean labors of Professor Lewis M. Simes, Director of …


Soviet Law Of Inheritance: Ii, Vladimir Gsovski Jan 1947

Soviet Law Of Inheritance: Ii, Vladimir Gsovski

Michigan Law Review

Wills. Neither the Civil Code nor any other statute sets forth any specific requirements for capacity to make a will. Therefore, the soviet jurists deem any person who is generally competent to enter into legal transactions (Civil Code, Section 8) capable of making a will. Thus, minors under the age of eighteen years and persons adjudged unable to manage their affairs because of mental disease or weak-mindedness do not have testamentary capacity. Likewise, a will executed by a testator while "in a state of mind which precluded his understanding the significance of his acts," has no validity (id., Section 3r).