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Mortmain Statute

Mortmain Statute

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A statute that conditions the validity of a bequest to a charity on the passage of a specified amount of time between the testator putting the bequest in a will and the testator’s death. Typically, mortmain statutes are intended to discourage testators from making hasty, deathbed gifts to charities to try to buy a better afterlife at the expense of the testator’s family.

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