Definition of Life estate

1. Noun. (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it.

Exact synonyms: Estate For Life
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Estate
Specialized synonyms: Dower

Definition of Life estate

1. Noun. (legal) An estate in land which is owned by a party only for the duration of the life of that party, and for which ownership will revert to another upon the death of that party. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Life Estate

life after death
life and limb
life and soul of the party
life belt
life belts
life buoy
life change events
life coach
life cot
life cycle
life cycle stages
life cycles
life estate (current term)
life estate pur autre vie
life estates
life estates pur autre vie
life eternal
life events
life expectancies
life expectancy
life force
life form
life forms
life history
life imitates art
life imprisonment

Literary usage of Life estate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"701, it was held: "Money, notes, and accounts may be limited over, after the determination of a life estate. • • • A gift over of his whole estate, ..."

2. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, John Melville Gould, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1901)
"To her life estate. —*If the wife, at the time of * 134 the marriage, hath an estate for her life, or for the life of another person, the husband becomes ..."

3. A Treatise on the American Law of Landlord and Tenant by John Neilson Taylor (1887)
"life estate, how created. — An estate for life may be created either by express limitation or by a grant in general terms. If made to a man for the term of ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"... and therefore her remainder in tail was not separated from her life estate by any intermediate estate of inheritance; as in Lewis Bowles's case, ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1908)
"... destroy and determine his own life-estate before any of those remainders vest : the consequence of which is, that he utterly defeats them all. ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by William Brown, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Robert Belt (1820)
"If £ *1S8 ] the rule be adopted which is proposed by the plaintiff's in this case, Lady Hereford's life estate will be charged greatly beyond her proportion ..."

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