life estate pur autre vie

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From life estate + French pour ("for"), autre ("another"), vie ("life").


life estate pur autre vie (plural life estates pur autre vie)

  1. (law) An estate in land which is given by a grantor to a party only for the duration of the life of a third party, and for which ownership will revert to another upon the death of that third party.
    Joe gives property "to Mike for the life of Bob"; Joe has created a life estate pur autre vie for Mike, but when Bob dies, the property automatically reverts to Joe.

Usage notes[edit]

Often written with the French portion italicized: life estate pur autre vie.