Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Rule Against Perpetuities Definition:

A common law rule that prevents suspending the transfer of property for more than 21 years or a lifetime plus 21 years.

A common law rule that prevents suspending the transfer of property for more then 21 years or a lifetime plus 21 years. For example, if a will proposes the transfer of an estate to some future date, which is uncertain, for either more than 21 years after the death of the testator or for the life of a person identified in the will and 21 years, the transfer is void. Statute law exists in many jurisdictions which supersedes the common law rule. For more information, see the article on the Rule Against Perpetuities.

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