Commentary

3 General, special and hybrid powers

POWERS OF APPOINTMENT vol 33
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3 General, special and hybrid powers

| Commentary

3 General, special and hybrid powers1

Powers of appointment are commonly subdivided into general powers and special powers, but this division is neither precise nor exhaustive, and some powers (hybrid powers, also referred to as intermediate powers) may be special for some purposes and general for others. When determining whether a power is to be treated as general or special, it is therefore important to have regard to the context in which the determination is required.

General powers enable the appointor to appoint to any person he pleases, including himself2 or his executors or administrators3. However, what appears to be a

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