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Rule Against Perpetuities in the News

Wellington R. BurtMichigan lumber baron Wellington R. Burt left an unusual will barring all of his children and grandchildren from inheriting his fortune. This year, 21 years after the death of his youngest grandchild his descendants will finally inherit.

This gives several news outlets the opportunity to try to explain the rule against perpetuities. The Daily Mail decides to just blame it all on a curse. I guess that’s easier to explain. I don’t think you can get away with answering “it’s a curse” on a law exam though.

In case you still need more information, here’s a CALI podcast on the rule.

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