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In Paul v Constance [1977] 1 WLR 527 the county court judge found an intention to create a trust where a man had told his cohabitant that the money in his bank account was as much hers as his and ordered half the money to be paid to her after his death, rather than pass to his wife. The Court of Appeal upheld this, Bridge LJ saying that the question was whether in the circumstances, Mr Constance had done something which was equivalent to declaring himself a trustee of the moneys in the account for himself and Mrs Paul in equal shares. Scarman LJ said that this was a borderline case because one could not pinpoint a specific moment of declaration but in all the circumstances the discussions on numerous occasions between Mr Constance and Mrs Paul constituted an express declaration of trust.
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