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Life estate   /laɪf ɪstˈeɪt/   Listen
Life estate

(law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it.  Synonym: estate for life.

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"Life estate" Quotes from Famous Books

... not held of any superior nor was there any service save that imposed by the common danger. The chieftains were elected and obeyed, because they represented the entire people. Hereditary right seems to have been unknown. The essence of feudalism WAS A LIFE ESTATE, the land reverted either to the sovereign or to the people upon the death of the occupant. At a later period the monarch claimed the power of confiscating land, and of giving it away by charter or deed; and hence ...
— Landholding In England • Joseph Fisher

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