estate tail

Definition of "estate tail"
  1. An estate tail is an ownership granted to someone and their bloodline, with the understanding that if an heir without offspring inherits the property, it could potentially revert back to the original owner or another predetermined party
How to use "estate tail" in a sentence
  1. The estate tail was established with the intention of keeping the property within direct lineage.
  2. If an heir without direct descendants inherits the property, the estate tail may cause the estate to return to the original owner.
  3. To ensure the property stays in the family, they set up an estate tail.

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