property law

sound recording

Under the Copyright Act, a sound recording is defined as a work consisting of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, fixed in a tangible medium (e.g. a disk, tape, or phonorecord). However, the sounds accompanying a motion picture or...

specific bequest

Specific bequest refers to any specific property given to individuals in a will. The key to this phrase is that the property is unmistakable and the intended recipient is also without question. For example, John bequeathed his house at 123...

spendthrift clause

A spendthrift clause refers to a clause creating a spendthrift trust which limits the ability of assets to be reached by the beneficiary or their creditors. A spendthrift trust usually requires the trustee to only give a certain amount of...

spite fence

A spite fence is a fence (whether a division fence or otherwise) built maliciously, with the sole purpose or intent of annoying, injuring, or spiting an adjoining owner (commonly a neighbor). For example, a spite fence might block the...

spot zoning

Spot zoning refers to when a piece of property or groups of property have special zoning laws applied to them that differ from the zoning laws surrounding them. The practice of spot zoning can be very controversial and may be illegal. Some...

spousal share

Spousal share (also called forced, elective, or statutory share) refers to the amount state laws entitle a spouse to after their spouse passes regardless of what is in a will. Spousal shares prevent spouses from changing the amount through a...

springing executory interest

An executory interest that follows an interest that the grantor held.

See: Future Interest

springing interest

Springing interest is an interest in property where the person owns the property after something occurs or at a specified time. Springing interests often appear in wills and estates where a person inherits property only after something occurs...

Stambovsky v. Ackley

Stambovsky v. Ackley

Parties

Appellant/Plaintiff: Jeffrey M. Stambovsky

Respondent/Defendant: Helen V. Ackley et al.

Court and Date

Appellate Division 1st Department of the Supreme Court...

statutory share

Statutory share (also called forced, elective, or spousal share) refers to the amount state laws entitle a spouse or other person to regardless of what is in a will. Usually, statutory share will refer to the amount a person will be able to...

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