Ross Macdonald

'Accounting for lifetime gifts in the law of succession'

MA (Oxon), LLB (Aberdeen)


Anyone dying leaving property to be distributed under the rules of succession law, will probably have made lifetime gifts as well, typically to family members who also inherit under those rules.  My research considers how (if at all) those rules have, historically, taken such gifts into account in dividing the property.  I compare the approach of various European jurisdictions under the early modern ius commune, with a view to analysing how they differed between countries and evolved through time.