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Fee Tail

Definition

An estate in real property, usually created by terms of a will bequeathing land to a person and that person’s heirs, that traditionally conveyed a life estate interest passing from generation to generation among heirs of the decedent with no right to convey title in fee simple, but which in modern times is typically modified by statute to allow for conveyance of fee simple title. A fee tail estate would terminate in the event that no heirs survived the death of the fee tail holder.

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