life estate

Definition of "life estate"
  1. The right to use and enjoy a property, usually real estate, only for the duration of a person's life, with no ability to sell it or bequeath it upon death
How to use "life estate" in a sentence
  1. John left a life estate in his home to his wife, stipulating it should pass to his children from his first marriage after her death.
  2. In her will, she gave her son a life estate in her country house.
  3. His life estate in the property prevented him from selling it, but he could live there until his death.

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