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Writ of Execution

A court order directing the sheriff to seize and sell enough of a debtor's property to satisfy a judgment and to pay expenses for the sale. Also referred to as a levying upon the debtor's property.

Voluntary Lien

A lien recorded with the owner's consent. One created by agreement.

Vested Remainder

A NonPossessory Estate created when a Fee Simple owner grants a lesser Estate and designates another person to take possession of the Fee Simple estate upon termination of the Lesser Estate.

Vendee's Lien

A buyer's lien against the property of a seller who defaulted on a contract to sell.

Statutory Lien a.k.a.

Involuntary Lien

Involuntary Lien (Statutory Lien)

A lien permitted by law and recorded without the landowner's consent. This may affect only one particular property, such as a mechanic's lien, or it may affect all the debtor's property such as a judgment lien.

Injunction

Court ordered requiring a person to whom it is directed to do or refrain from doing a particular thing. A legal recourse that may be taken against one who violates a restrictive Covenant in a Lease or Deed.

Inheritance Tax

Tax on property received by will or by inheritance through the probate court.

Ingress

Access to Parcel of Land.

Incorporeal

An intangible interest in Land, such as an Easement.

Inchoate Dower

A wife's interest in her husband's property while he is still living.

Impounds

Monthly payments of taxes and insurance collected by the lender to assure payment of these items when they become due.

Laches

Undue delay or failure to exercise one's legal right, resulting in the loss of the ability to to exercise the right.

Judgment

A court's official decision regarding the rights and claims of the parties in a lawsuit. A ......... in a suit for damages is the amount of indebteness set by the court.

Leasehold Estate

A tenant's rights in Real Property granted to them by a Lease.

Legal Life Estates

A Life Estate created by state law, the holder of which has a nonpossessory interest in real property. Those Estates include dower, curtesy and homestead protection.

Lesser Estate

A Estate is created when a portion of ownership rights is conveyed to another.

License

An owner's permission for another to use the land for a specific purpose. The permission does not grant a right in the land but a personal privilege, which is neither transferable nor inheritable and may be terminated by either party.

Lien

A monetary claim against real estate which services as security for a debt.

Life Estates (Conventional Life Estate)

A Freehold Estate (i.e. ownership interest in real property). The indefinite duration of the estate is measured by the life of some person.

Life Tenant

One to whom a Life Estate is granted; the owner of the estate.

Lis Pendends

Legal notice that a lawsuit is pending, and the outcome could affect the Title to certain Real Estate.

Mechanic's Liens

Also know as material man's lien, a Lien created by statue against real property. It exists for the purpose of securing payment to those persons who have performed work and/or furnished materials for the improvement, maintenace or repair of Real Property against which the Lien is recorded.

Mortgage Liens

A monetary claim against a specific property pledged by its owner as security for the repayment of a lowan or other debt.

Reversionary Estates

An Estate in which the right of possession comes into being, upon the termination of a lesser estate, such as a Life Estate. The right of future possession is vested in the grantor of the Lesser Estate or the grantor of the Lesser Estate or the grantor's heir if the grantor is deceased.

Restriction

A limitation placed on the use of Real Property, either by the goverment or by other persons who have an interest in the property. They are either in the form of covenants or conditions.

Remainderman

One who holds a right of future possession. The person named by the grantor to receive the Fee Simple estate upon termination of a Lesser Estate.

Remainder Estates

An Estate in which the right of possession comes into being upon the termination of a Lesser Estate, such as a Life Estate. The right of future possession is vested in someone other than the grantor of the lesser estate.

Release

The act of relinguishing(verzichten, aufgeben) a right or claim to real estate.This is often accomplished by use of a quit-claim deed.

Present Right

The Right to immediate possession or control of a Property.

Prescription

A method of acquiring an easement through continous, open, visible and notorious use of another person's property. The use must be without the owner's permission and for a period of time as prescribed by law.

Possibility of Reverter

A possibility that Title to Land will revert back to the grantor if the grantee breaches a condition placed on the Title by the grantor.

Possessory Estate

An Estate whose owner has the right of present possession or control. Those Estates are either Freehold or Leasehold.

Police Power

The goverment's right to enact and enforce legislation which regulates the use of Real Estate to provide for the public safety, health, morals and general welfare of the community.

Party Wall

A fence or wall of a building that straddles the boundary line of two adjoining lots and exists for the use of both owners.

Ordinary Life Estate

A Life Estate whose duration is measured by the life of the Life tenant.

Notice of Completion

A legal notice required in some states in order to perfect a mechanic's lien. The notice lets the property owner know that certain contracted work has been completed and/or materials ordered have been supplied.

Nonpossessory Estate

An Estate in Real Property, the possession of which is postponed until a preceding Possessory Estate is terminated.

Reverter Clause

A deed provision which causes a Fee Simple defensible estate to automatically terminate and revert to the grantor or a remainderman upon the occurrence of a stated condition.

Run with the Land

The automatic transfer of certain Rights or Encumbrances in Real Property when title is conveyed.

Right of Entry

The Right to resume Fee Simple ownership through court action, or to terminate a Fee Simple estate on a condition subsequent, upon the occurrence of a stated condition.

Servient Estate

A Parcel of Land over which an Easement runs.

Satisfaction Piece

Evidence from a creditor that a judgment, mortgage, or other Lien has been paid in full. This should be recorded to remove the cloud on the Title created by the Lien.

Special Assessment

A tax levied against Real Estate to pay for improvements which benefit only the property taxed. Assessments are generally made for such improments as street lights, sewers, sidewalks or curbs.

Specific Liens

A Lien agains only ONE Property.

Homestead Protection

A Right which protects a portion of a family's primary residence in the event a creditor forces a sale to satisfy an outstanding debt. The amount of protection is determinable state law.

Holdover Tenant

A Tenant who remains in possession of Leased premises after their Right of possession has ended. Possession may be WITH or WITHOUT the landlord's consent.

General Liens

A Lien against all of the Property owned by the debtor.

Future Right

The right to take Possession or control of a Property in the Future (nonpossessory).

Freehold Estate

An ownership interst in land, the duration of which is uncertain. The Estate may last forever (i.e. be inheritable), or its duration may be measured by one person's Life.

Fee Simple Estate

An ownership interest in land which is freely inheritable. The Estate may be absolute, determinable or conditional.

Fee Simple Determinable

A Fee Simple Estate that automatically ends and goes back to the person who granted the Estate, to their heirs or to a Remainderman if named, upon the occurrance or nonoccurrence of a Stated Condition.

Fee Simple Absolute

An inheritable Estate of indefinite duration, without Restrictions or Conditions to satisfy in order to retain Ownership. It is the MOST COMPLETE ownership of Rights in land that one can hold. It is said to be potentially perpetual.

Estate from Period-to-Period

A tenant's interest in Real Property for a certain period of time. Without proper notice the period is AUTOMATICALLY renewed.

Estate

The quality, quantity, nature and extent of ownership interest or Rights a person hold in real propery. They are either Possessory of Nonpossessory.

Estate for Years

A tenant's interest in real property (Leasehold Estate) for a fixed period of time.

Estate at Sufferance

An interst in Real Property held by a tenant who HOLDS OVER WITHOUT the consent of the landlord after the tenant's right of possession has terminated.

Escheat

A goverment Right for land to go back to the state when the owner dies without leaving a will and without heirs.

Encumbrance

Anything which affects the Fee Simple title or the use of land such as liens, easements, restrictions and encroachments.

Encroachment

The illegal intrusion of an improvement, building or other attachment onto a neighboring land or into its airspace.

Eminent Domain

The goverment's right to take private property for puplic use with or without the consenting of the owner upon payment of a just compensation to the owner. The right may be with or delegated to quasi-public corporations, such as utility companies. The court suit for taking the property is called condemnation.

Egress

An EXIT leading from the parcel of land.

Easement

A legal right to use the land of another for a specific purpose and in a specitic manner. Tge RIGHT ONLY constitues an INTEREST in the land. It DOES NOT give the easement owner an Estate.

Easements in Gross

A legal right to use the land of another. It involvs only one parcel of land and does not benefit any particular property. There are two types: commercial and personal.

Easement Appurtenant

An Easement which grants a right of use to one parcel of land in and on another parcel. The land over which the easement runs is the servient estate. The land benefiting from the easement is the dominant estate.

Dower

A wife's life estate in the real property owned hy her husband and conveyed to her by law UPON his death.

Dominant Estate

The land parcel which benefits from an Easement Appurtenant. When title to the land is conveyed, the easement is automatically transferred to the new owner.

Covenant

A restriction in a Lease or Deed which specifies that the property will or will not be used in a certain manner. An example of a one is a subdivision restriction. This must be enforced by seeking an injunction or damages. They have a time limit after which they are no longer effective.

Conventional Life Estate aka

Life Estate

Contingent Remainder

A NonPossessory estate created when a fee simple owner grants a Lesser Estate and designates another person to take possession of the Fee Simple Estate upon termination of the Lesser Estate and the occurrence of a stated condition.

Consummate Dower

A wife's right in her husband's Estate AFTER his death.

Condition

A provision in a deed which subjects the ownership of land to certain restrictions. The party creating the condition (the grantor) reserves a future right in the property. Upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of a stated condition, either the title automatically reverts to the grantor, or the grantor has the Right to sue for possession and terminate the Estate.

Commercial Easements in Gross

A right to use the land of another. It does not benefit any particular property. The right is transferable and freely inheritable. Typical examples include utility esements, reail road right-of-ways and billboard easements.

Bundle of Rights

ALL of the Rights a person can have in real property. Included in the bundle are the rights of Possession, Control, Enjoyment and Dispostion.

Attachment Lien

An Encrumbrance created against land when the court is granted custody of the property to prevent the owner from conveying title while a suit for damages is being decided. By ...... the property the person seeking damages is assured that the property will be available to satisfy a judgment it it is awarded by the court.

Allodial System

A system of land ownership which recognizes the right of individuals to own land independently of political superiors. But allow the goverment to retain the rights of eminent domain, police power, taxation and escheat.

Estates in Land

are Possessory and
Non-Possessory

The Possessory(present right) Estates in Land are

Freehold & Leasehold Estates

The Freehold Estates are

1. Fee Simple
a. Absolute
b. Determinable
c. Condition Subsequent

2. Conventioanl Life Estate
a. Ordinary Life Estate
b. Life Estate Pur Autre Vie

The Leasehold Estates are

1. Estates for Years
2. Estate from Period-Period
3. Estate at Will
4. Estate at Suffferance

The NonPossessory(future right) Estates are

1. Remainder
2. Reversionary
3. Legal Life Estate

The Legal Life Estates are

1. Dower
2. Curtesy
3. Homestead Protection

The Property Rights or Other Person's Private Encumbrances

1.Liens
a. Specific Liens
b. General Liens

Specific Liens are

1. Attachment Liens
2. Mechanic's Liens
3. Mortgage Liens
4. Property Tax Liens
5. Vendee's Liens
5. Vendor's Liens

General Liens are

1. Deceden'ts Debts
2. Estate and Inheritance Tax
3. Federal & State Income Taxes
4. Judgment

Affecting Use of Property Fights of Other Person's Private Encumbrances are

1. Easements
a. Appurtenant
b. In-Gross

2. Encroachments
3. Private Restrictions
a. Covenants
b. Conditions

The Rights and Interest in Real Estate are

1. Private Ownership
the Private Ownership Rights include:

a. Bundle of Rights
b. Estates in Land
c.Control
Dispostion
Enjoyment
Possession

Other Person's Rights and Influence on Private Ownership are

1. Easements
2. Encroachments
3. Liens
4. Restrictions

Goverment Rights and Influence on Private Ownership are

1. Eminent Domain
2. Escheat
3. Police Power
4. Taxation

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