Whereas most Virginia lawyers know about the rule against perpetuities, many of the same lawyers do not know what it is all about. Perpetuities is a dry and dismal subject to an active practitioner, and the state of abject bewilderment with which he was indoctrinated about the rule against perpetuities while in law school lingers on to haunt his memory. for the balance of his professional career. It is not until an actual client appears with a perpetuities problem that the same practitioner is forced to face the stark realities of the rule. It is only then that the complexities of the rule that perplexes stand out in all their infinite glory. With this horrible possibility always just over the horizon, it is time that somebody talked about Virginia's own rule against perpetuities. This commentary purports to be just that- a dissertation about Virginia's rule. What should be done about it, if anything, will be reserved for future consideration.
D. O. Lahy,
Virginia's Drear Aridities: Its Rule of Perpetuities,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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