From The Bench, Friends

This excerpt comes from a Trust and Estates case about a man who left his "friends'" property in a will in the form of a trust. The question was whether "friends" was a definite enough category to benefit from the trust. The court held it was not:

"The word 'friends' unlike 'relations' has no accepted statutory or other controlling limitations, and in fact has no precise sense at all. Friendship is a word of broad and varied application. It is commonly used to describe the undefinable relationships which exist not only between those connected by ties of kinship or marriage, but as well between strangers in blood, and which can vary in degree from the greatest intimacy to an acquaintance more or less casual. . ."

from the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in Clark v. Campbell