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You can't give away a person!

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM

"You can't give away a person because they are not your property," Sherry-Ann McGregor, partner and mediator, Nunes, Scholefield DeLeon and Company, said adding: "A person cannot will another person to someone else."

"It's laughable," she continued. "No attorney would draft a will under those terms, at least not to my knowledge.

"The only thing you can do under the law is appoint a guardian or trustee for a child," the noted attorney said.

Floyd Green, attorney-at-law from Wentworth Charles & Associates, concurred with McGregor that it is not legally binding to will a person to another, stating however that persons attempt to will things they don't own in many circumstances, even land.

"There was a time when women were viewed as property to men but I don't know of it ever being vice versa," Green said, adding that in modern times this is far from practised. "Such a gift would have no legal impact," he said.

I wrote him into my will as I was concerned that if I die before him, who would take care of him?