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(p. 360) 8. Resulting Trusts 

(p. 360) 8. Resulting Trusts
(p. 360) 8. Resulting Trusts

Paul S Davies

, Graham Virgo

, and E H Burn

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date: 20 September 2020

All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter discusses resulting trusts and its two principal categories — ‘presumed’ resulting trusts and ‘automatic’ resulting trusts. Resulting trusts are a limited category of trusts that arise on certain facts where neither an express trust nor a constructive trust exists. Automatic resulting trusts arise where an express trust fails initially or subsequently, while presumed resulting trusts arise where a person voluntarily transfers property for no consideration in return, or contributes to the purchase of property in the name of another. There is a controversy regarding the basis of resulting trusts; the better view is that resulting trusts do not respond to unjust enrichment, but reflect a presumed intention of the transferor to have a beneficial interest in the transferred property.

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