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The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Donative Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal
  • Stephen R. Alton, Texas A&M University School of Law
Document Type
Article
Publication Year
2011
Abstract

This article presents a recently discovered and previously unpublished manuscript written by John H. Watson, M.D., and annotated by Professor Stephen Alton. Dr. Watson’s manuscript records an extended conversation that took place between the good doctor and his great friend, the renowned consulting detective Mr. Sherlock Holmes, regarding issues of gratuitous transfers of property – issues involving inheritances, wills, and trusts – that have arisen in some of the great cases solved by Mr. Holmes. This felicitous discovery confirms something that Professor Alton has long known: these gratuitous transfer issues permeate many of these adventures. Often, the action in the case occurs because of the desire of the wrong-doer to come into an inheritance, a bequest, or the present possession of an estate in land more quickly – perhaps by dispatching the intervening heir, beneficiary, or life tenant. Professor Alton has annotated this manuscript, providing extensive analysis of these issues and citations to relevant, contemporary authority in his footnotes.

Num Pages
47
FIle Type
PDF
Citation Information
Stephen R. Alton. "The Game is Afoot!: The Significance of Donative Transfers in the Sherlock Holmes Canon" Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal Vol. 46 Iss. 1 (2011) p. 125 - 171
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_alton/22/