property law

transfer in contemplation of death

Transfer in contemplation of death means that a person transfers property to others when they believe they are about to die. If the person later recovers, the transfer may be revoked. It is also referred to as a gift causa mortis. The most...

transfer-on-death (TOD)

Transfer-on-death (TOD) refers to named beneficiaries that receive assets at the death of the property owner without the need for probate, facilitating the executor's disposition of the property owner's assets after their death. This is often...

treasure trove

French for treasure found. When a person finds valuables such as gold, silver, or diamonds that are hidden in the ground or some other private place and the owner of these is unknown. The finder can usually claim title to the goods against all...

trespass

Trespass is knowingly entering another owners’ property or land without permission, which encroaches on the owners’ privacy or property interests. There are many laws relating to trespass.

Tort Law

Trespass to Land: If an...

trespass to chattels

A tort. An intentional act by a defendant that interferes with the chattel of a plaintiff.

trover

A common law action for recovery of damages for wrongful taking of personal property.

trust

A trust is a form of division of property rights and a fiduciary relationship, in which ownership of assets goes to a third party, known as a trustee, and the beneficial enjoyment goes to the beneficiary. The person who transfers the property...

trust administration

Trust administration refers to the tasks associated with managing the assets, distributions, and filings of a trust. The tasks can often be quite complex and time sensitive. The trustee responsible for trust administration has fiduciary...

trust corpus

The term “corpus” is Latin for "body.” A trust corpus is the "body" of the trust. This is the property that is transferred into the trust; also known as the trust res. A trust corpus is one of the fundamental elements that has to be defined...

trust deed

Trust deed (commonly referred to as a deed of trust) is a type of secured real-estate transaction that some states like California and Massachusetts use instead of mortgages. See State Property Statutes.

To finance property...

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