contemplation of death
When anticipation of death due to age, illness, injury, or mortal danger causes a person to make a gift, transfer property, or take some other dramatic action. Also called causa mortis. (See also: gift in contemplation of death)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


contemplation of death
n. The anticipation of one's own death, whether imminent or not, as the major cause for transferring property to another.
See also gift, causa.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


contemplation of death
The apprehension of an individual that his or her life will be ended in the immediate future by a particular illness the person is suffering from or by an imminent known danger which the person faces.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


contemplation of death
The apprehension of an individual that his or her life will be ended in the immediate future by a particular illness the person is suffering from or by an imminent known danger which the person faces.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

contemplation of death
n.
   the anticipation of death in a relatively short time due to age, illness, injury or great danger, which causes a person to make a gift, transfer property or take some other dramatic action. (Lawyers who like Latin call this causa mortis.) It can be important since such a gift or transfer can be subject to federal estate taxes.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Transfer in contemplation of death — A transfer in contemplation of death is a transfer of property made by a person in the expectation that he or she will shortly die.Under some circumstances, the transfer may be cancelled revoked in the event that the person does not die within… …   Wikipedia

  • transfer in contemplation of death — A transfer of property, usually to spouse or child, impelled by the thought of death. United States v Wells, 283 US 102, 75 L Ed 867, 51 S Ct 446. Inclusive of a gift inter vivos, as well as a gift causa mortis, provided it is made in… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • transfer in contemplation of death — A transfer made under a present apprehension on the part of the transferor, from some existing bodily or mental condition or impending peril, creating a reasonable fear that death is near at hand. See contemplation of death …   Black's law dictionary

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