Leaving wealth for pious and charitable purposes has been a constant practice of the old Romanian law. However, did it also had a legal basis to support or encourage it? How can it be explained that only in 1924 an express regulation of foundations was created, six decades apart from the entry into force of Cuza's Civil Code? What is the current situation? All these questions are meant to identify answers that clarify a primary issue: is there any continuity solution in ensuring an adequate legal framework for encouraging and validating testamentary foundations in Romanian law.