property & real estate law


Abandon refers to the act of abandonment. A party can “abandon” in multiple fields of law and abandoning generally, though not always, involves voluntarily giving up a right.

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abandoned application

An “abandoned application” refers to the abandonment of a patent or trademark application. An application is removed from the docket of pending applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when the applicant (either directly or...

abandoned property

Abandoned property is defined as personal property left by an owner who intentionally relinquishes all rights to its control. Real property may not be abandoned; see adverse possession.


At common law, a person...


Abandonment is a term that applies to a variety of areas of law. These areas include matrimonial law, civil procedure, and property.

Matrimonial Law

In matrimonial law, abandonment is a form of marital misconduct which...


Abatement is the act of reducing or nullifying something. Multiple subjects throughout law are subject to abatement and the term appears in many locations.

In property law, abatement refers to a reduction in property taxes a...


An abeyance is a temporary suspension of activity while awaiting the resolution of some other proceeding without which the activity in abeyance cannot continue.

In the case of a plea in abeyance, the defendant enters a...


Absolute is used commonly in property law and in divorce law meaning final or without limitations.

Property: Absolute is used in property law to describe an estate that is free from any limitations. Only a fee simple may be...


Abstract refers to an abbreviated history of an official record. Some common usages of the term “abstract” in a legal sense include:

“Abstract of title” merely recites what the land records disclose without giving opinion or advice...

abstract of title

Abstract of title is a summary of facts relied on as evidence of title. It refers to all the important actions which are relevant to the title, such as filings of liens and encumbrances, any conveyances, transfers, assignments, and other...


An abstracter is someone who collects or researches information or summarizes such information in order to maintain data or records.

See also: Abstract, Abstract of Title

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