Chapter

Future Interests, Perpetuities, and the Family Settlement

A. W. B. Simpson

in A History of the Land Law

Second edition

Published in print July 1986 | ISBN: 9780198255376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255376.003.0009
Future Interests, Perpetuities, and the Family Settlement

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The term ‘perpetuity’ has been applied at various times in the history of the law to refer to various arrangements made by conveyancers to enable landowners to restrict the power of free alienation of land, by imposing upon that land forms of settlement which made it impossible for their successors in title (usually their children) to deal with it as freely as they themselves had been able to do. Such attempts can be viewed as an abuse of the power of free alienation, for a settlor who made such an attempt was using the freedom which the law gives him to deprive others of the same freedom; in consequence during most periods of English legal history the courts set limits upon the degree to which landowners should be permitted to impose such restrictions.

Keywords: future interests; perpetuities; family settlement; free alienation; landowners; settler

Chapter.  14803 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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