In affirming the denial of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment based upon allegations of the existence of an equitable mortgage, the Fourth Department explained the attributes of an equitable mortgage:
“Equity generally will keep an encumbrance alive, or consider it extinguished, as will best serve the purposes of justice’ ” … . “The whole doctrine of equitable mortgages is founded upon [the] cardinal maxim of equity which regards that as done which has been agreed to be done, and ought to have been done” … .
” [A]n equitable mortgage may be constituted by any writing from which the intention so to do may be gathered, and an attempt to make a legal mortgage, which fails for the want of some solemnity, is valid in equity’ ” … . “While [a] court will impose an equitable mortgage where the facts surrounding a transaction evidence that the parties intended that a specific piece of property is to be held or transferred to secure an obligation’ . . . , it is necessary that an intention to create such a charge clearly appear from the language and the attendant circumstances’ ” . .. . Canandaigua Natl Bank & Trust Co v Palmer, 2014 NY Slip Op 05263, 4th Dept 7-11-14