Life Estate

A type of estate that only lasts for the lifetime of the beneficiary. A life estate is a very restrictive type of estate that prevents the beneficiary from selling the property that produces the income before the beneficiary's death. But the estate cannot continue beyond the life of the beneficiary.

Life estates are often created by donors who feel that their beneficiary will benefit more from the income from the estate than a lump-sum inheritance. Therefore these estates are invested in various income-producing instruments, such as bonds, CDs, oil and gas leases, REITs and other similar investments.


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  • life estate — ➔ estate * * * life estate UK US noun [C] LAW, PROPERTY ► the legal right to own and control a property, such as a building or piece of land, for the length of time that you are alive: »The life estate deed allows the older couple to own the… …   Financial and business terms

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  • life estate — noun An estate in land which is owned by a party only for the duration of the life of that party, and for which ownership will revert to another upon the death of that party. Syn: estate for life, life estate pur autre vie, life tenant, te …   Wiktionary

  • life estate — noun (law) an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it • Syn: ↑estate for life • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑estate …   Useful english dictionary

  • life estate — n. (Law) estate or property that belongs to a person only during his/hers lifetime and can only be sold or transferred after the death of said person …   English contemporary dictionary

  • life estate — /laɪf ɪ steɪt/ noun same as life interest …   Dictionary of banking and finance

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