The Law of Land Conveyances, Possibility of Reverter, and Virginia’s Common Law Heritage

On June 23, 2016, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Fairfax County Circuit Court (“trial court”) in the case styled, Hamm v. Hazelwood, No. 151158, 2016 Va. LEXIS 96 (June 23, 2016). The Court’s opinion, penned by Justice D. Arthur Kelsey, held valid a deed of gift’s “contingent reversionary interest” in the grantor and her heirs. That category of real property interest, known at common law as “a possibility of reverter,” remains alive and well in Virginia. Even more, the Court’s opinion provided excellent 21st century insight into Virginia’s common law heritage respecting land conveyances. The Court strongly reaffirmed the notion that subject to certain time-honored prohib

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