Two-donee Statute Law and Legal Definition

Two-donee statute is a statute providing that a person may make a conveyance or a devise of lands to a succession of donees, then living, not exceeding two, and to the heirs of the body of the remainderman, and in default thereof to the right heirs of the donor in fee simple. A two donee statute prohibits estates in fee tail and provides that every such estate shall be treated as in fee-simple. [Smith v. Muse, 134 Miss. 827, 834 (Miss. 1924)].

A two donee statute, like the rule against perpetuities, is not a rule of construction or a test by which to determine intention; 'its object is to defeat intention. [Bratton v. Graham, 146 Miss. 246, 257 (Miss. 1927)].