Latin Legal Terms


Donum – this Latin noun literally means gift, present, donation. Donation is the voluntary and non-conditional transfer of valuable property towards an individual or organization. “Donum” origins from the word “dono”, which literally means “I give”. The words relates to the term “donatio mortis causa”, applicable in the Inheritance Law. It refers to the gifts of property, made in relation to upcoming death. The Law proclaims that transaction of the gift will become effective after the eventual death of the donator.
The word participates also in the legal maxim “confrirmation est nulla ubi donum praecedens est invalidum”, used in the area of Donations and Wills, where it states that confirmation is a nullity where the preceding gift is invalid.

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