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LEGAL MAXIMS
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When in a will an ambiguous or even an erroneous expression occurs, it should be construed liberally and in accordance with what is thought probable meaning of the testator.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 437)

An argument drawn from things commonly happening is frequent in law.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 44)

Custom gives law to the gift.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 459)

It is the tenor which regulates its effect and extent.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 459)

The bestower of a gift has a right to regulate its disposal.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 459, 461, 463, 464)

A particular case, left unprovided for by statute, must be disposed of according to the law as it existed prior to such statute.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 46)

Legislators pass over when happens once or twice.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 46)

That which is mine cannot be lost or transferred to another without my alienation or forfeiture.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 465)

He who has not does not give.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 467)

The right of the grantor being extinguished, the right granted is extinguished.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 467)

No one can transfer more right to another than he has himself.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 467, 469)

Whoever grants anything to another is supposed to grant that also without which the thing itself would be of no effect.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 479)

When anything is granted, that also is granted without which the thing granted cannot exist.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 483)

That which cannot be done directly shall not be done indirectly.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 489)

The accessory follows the principal.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 491)

When the primitive or original estate determines, the derivative estate determines also.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 495)

When the principal does not hold, the incidents thereof ought to obtain.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 496)

Although the grant of a future interest be inoperative, yet a declaration precedent may be made, which may take effect provided a new act intervene.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 498), also Bacon's Maxims
         (pp. 60-61, reg. 14)

In England there is no interregnum.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 50)

Consent, and not cohabitation, constitutes nuptials or marriage, and persons cannot consent before marriageable years.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 505)

He who would have been heir to the father shall be heir to the son.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 517)

Movables follow the person.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 522)

It is not a mere right to enter on lands, but actual seisin, which makes a person the root or stock from which all future inheritance by right of blood must be derived.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 525, 527)

Seisin makes the stock.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 525, 528)

An inheritance never ascends.
      - Legal Maxim, Broom's Legal Maxims
         (max. 527, 528)


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