property law

Stambovsky v. Ackley

Stambovsky v. Ackley


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

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straw man

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subject to a condition subsequent

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subject to partial divestment

See subject to open.


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See the definition for sublessee in sublease.

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]


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