Corin v Patton: Solving the Riddle of the Perfect Gift?
AbstractIn its decision in Corin v Patton1 the High Court has clarified a number of issues relating to unilateral severance of joint tenancies. The court held that a mere statement of intention, even where communicated to the other joint tenant, is not sufficient to effect a unilateral severance of the joint tenancy. Further, the court, in considering the gift doctrine as propounded by Turner L.J. in Milroy v Lord, decided that an intending donor must do everything necessary to be done by him in order to effect transfer of the legal title. The gift is not complete in equity, however, until the donee is equipped with the means of achieving the transfer.
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