Latin Legal Terms

Donatio

Donatio – the legal definition of this Latin term is of a donation or a gift. This is the act of voluntary and non-conditional transfer of valuable property towards a person which you wish to benefit to. The word origins from “dono” that means “I give”.
In practice, “donation”participates in the legal maxim “donatio non praesumitur”, which means “a gift is not presumed”. It also relates to the legal phrase “donatio mortis causa”, which means “a donation on the occasion of death”. It details a gift made with the clear mind that the death is coming close. The conditions that will make the donation valid are the eventual death of the donor and the actual delivery of the donation towards the beneficiary.

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