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Complete Equity and TrustsText, Cases, and Materials

Complete Equity and Trusts: Text, Cases, and Materials (5th edn)

Richard Clements and Ademola Abass
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 1968. Unincorporated associations and the beneficiary principlelocked

p. 1968. Unincorporated associations and the beneficiary principlelocked

  • Richard ClementsRichard ClementsLeader of International Partnerships (Law) at the, University of the West of England, Bristol
  •  and Ademola AbassAdemola AbassHead of the African Centre for Peace and Security Training, Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa


Titles in the Complete series combine extracts from a wide range of primary materials with clear explanatory text to provide readers with a complete introductory resource.

All trusts, except for charities, require beneficiaries to enforce the trust. This can be inconvenient, so there are exceptions. Unincorporated associations are a type of organization that does not exist in the eyes of the law. They have no legal personality, therefore they cannot hold property in their own name. This chapter discusses the possible legal structures for unincorporated associations; the dissolution of unincorporated associations; the beneficiary principle; trusts for monuments or graves; trusts for the maintenance of particular animals; and trusts for the saying of masses.

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