Cherry v Boultbee: CA 6 Apr 1838

TB was indebted to CB, his sister, in the sum of andpound;1878. He became bankrupt, and shortly after his bankruptcy C B made her will, giving legacies of andpound;500 and andpound;2,000 to her executors, in trust to pay the interest thereof (as to the andpound;500 after the decease of her mother), to TB for his life, without power of anticipation and free from his debts ; and after his decease to pay the principal to such persons as he should appoint, and in default of appointment to his executors and administrators, for his and their own use and benefit. TB died without having obtained his certificate, and without having attempted to make any appointment.
Held: The executors of the testatrix had no right to set off the debt due from TB to the testatrix against the legacies, but that the assignee of TB was entitled to so much of the legacies as the assets were sufficient to pay. A person who owes an estate money, that is, who is bound to increase the general mass of the estate by a contribution of his own, cannot claim a share given to him out of that mass estate without first making the contribution that completes it.
Lord Langdale MR
[1838] EngR 541, (1838) 2 Keen 319, (1838) 48 ER 651 (B)
Commonlii
England and Wales
Cited by:
Appeal FromCherry v Boultbee HL 22-Nov-1839
B died having made a will leaving a fund to pay income to A who owed her money but had been made bankrupt before the death. The debt to B remained unpaid.
Held: The liability to pay the debt and the right to receive the legacy had never tested . .
CitedIn re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd SC 19-Oct-2011
The bank had been put into administrative receivership, and the court was now asked as to how distributions were to be made, and in particular as to the application of the equitable rule in Cherry v Boultbee in the rule against double proof as it . .
CitedIn re SSSL Realisations (2002) Ltd and Another; Squires and others v AIG Europe (UK) Ltd and Another CA 18-Jan-2006
A creditor claiming an equity in a debt but who himself owed money to the debtor, could not pursue his claim without first contributing the sum due. A person could not take an aliquot share out of a fund without first contributing what he owed to . .
CitedIn re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd CA 11-May-2010
The court was asked as to the set-off, in a company administration, of future debts owed by the company to its creditors and by those creditors to the company, and whether the effect of those provisions was that, after the future debts were . .
AppliedIn re Melton, Milk v Towers CA 1918
In 1901 Richard Melton and another guaranteed to a Bank his son Arthur’s debts up to andpound;500. Richard died survived by his widow, Arthur and three daughters, giving his real estate to his widow for her life, with remainder to his four children . .
CitedLB Holdings Intermediate 2 Ltd, The Joint Administrators of v Lehman Brothers International (Europe), The Joint Administrators of and Others SC 17-May-2017
In the course of the insolvent administration of the bank, substantial additional sums were received. Parties appealed against some orders made on the application to court for directions as to what was to be done with the surplus.
Held: The . .

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Updated: 20 February 2021; Ref: scu.312547