Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Reimbursement for maintaining a found item


If I find property which requires maintenance, such as an animal requiring feeding, then when the owner claims the property, I may demand reimbursement for that maintenance.

I need not swear an oath to validate my cost estimate; this oath should be a requirement, but the sages waived it due to concern that people would refrain from taking care of lost property rather than face swearing an oath.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 267:26-27)

Have a great day,


  1. don't you mean reimbursment? not reimbursal

  2. Thanks for catching that. It's not a word, and yet it gets over 7000 results on Google searches...