Lambe v Eames [1871]

Until mid-1800s there was a run of cases providing
authority for a doctrine of precatory trusts, by which precatory words were
held sufficient to create trust obligations.
However, ended with this case.
Testator gave estate to his widow ‘to be at her disposal
in any way she may think best, for the benefit of herself and her family’
Court of Appeal refused to find that this was a trust,
and held it was a gift to the widow.
The widow, who had given part of the estate outside
the family, was entitled to do so.