One of the great fears that stalk American students of law is that their Bar Exam would contain a question on the “Rule Against Perpetuities”. That “Rule” states:

No interest is good unless it must vest, if at all, no later than 21 years after some life in being at the creation of the interest.


There are some jurisdictions that have ruled that it is NOT ineffective assistance of counsel if , in writing a legal document for a client, counsel violates that rule. Everyone gets what it is suppose to do (prevent control of property from the grave) but no one knows how to actually implement it.

As a result, some States have removed the convoluted “rule” from their bar exams. That includes my state, California.

So every time I see the word, I breathe a sigh of relief and gratitude that I didn’t have to study 700 years of common law.

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Sunday is:


Have fun with this word. Let it send you to that place where you create things. Then post them here with a pingback and the tags “RDP”, “Ragtag Daily Prompt”, and “Perpetuity”. If you can’t do a pingback, just copy and paste to the comments.

Then come back and read what everyone else has produced. That is the fun of this site!

See you next Sunday!



  1. Wow! In terms of logic, your initial statement is a convoluted knot. How is one to interpret? Frankly, it’s impossible. As for the word, perpetuity, it simply means “forever,” however, nothing lasts forever. Ha!


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