Construction, Reformation, and the Rule Against Perpetuities

Not long ago, in all the commotion about the doctrine of wait-and-see, a different principle for dealing with the pitfalls in perpetuities law unobtrusively emerged. This was an adaptation of the principle of cy pres to require that provisions, void under the Rule Against Perpetuities, be reformed within the limits of that Rule so as to give effect as closely as possible to the intention of the donor.