Johannes_P t1_jeeir9k wrote

To get around the rule against perpetuities (mandating no dispositions could go beyond 21 years after the death of persons living during enactment - IANAL, please), lawyers uses the lives of a defined set of persons. Already in the Deuteronomy, the lifespans of the High Priests were used to determine whether someone in a city of refuge (a TIL in its own right) could go back home. There's also tontines (another TIL).

In some common law jurisdictions, the lives of the British royal family are used because they are a well defined set (no ambiguities about secret members) and their members enjoy a ligh level of life and healthcare (ensuring long lives - see how long lived Elizabeth II with the stress of an official position).

Other states use other figures such as Presidential lives or patrician families (Rockefeller and Kennedy) in the USA or Eamon De Valera's family in Ireland.


Johannes_P t1_jee8nlc wrote

From the Wikipedia article, it seems the Rockefellers are also used.

But royal families have the benefits of officially recorded lineages ensuring no ambiguities about descendents and good living conditions and healthcare ensuring long lives.


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Johannes_P t1_j9quk1f wrote

I'm sure these 17000 people just loved to have a divine authority confirming their bias. Had Elizabeth Crofts said the Pope is the rightful head of Christianity, she would have been hanged for praemuire.