The problem of construing the legal effect of a conveyance of land by a grantor in consideration of support and maintenance during the remainder of his life by the grantee has been presented quite frequently to the courts This type of transaction has been regarded as sui generis and hence not controlled by the usual rules applicable to conveyances of land the consideration for which is the promise of the grantee to perform certain acts in the future The presumption is that the primary purpose of the grantor is to secure the personal performance by the grantee of the obligation assumed The consideration is not regarded as an ordinary obligation, but rather one of peculiar character, imposing on the grantee certain burdens which he must perform if he would retain the property conveyed
Jane E. Dowdle,
Judicial Interpretation of Conveyances in Consideration of Support,
21 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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