trusts, inheritances & estates

Administrator With Will Annexed

Administrator with will annexed refers to a person appointed by a court to fill the role of an executor of a will when an executor is unspecified or unavailable. The administrator takes on all the legal responsibilities and powers of an...


An antiquated term for a female administrator of an estate. See: Administration of Estate


An advancement is a gift made during a donor’s life to a family member, usually when the donor anticipates his own death. The value of the advancement is included in the calculation of the net probate estate when the donor dies. Therefore, the...

Affirmative Waste

See voluntary waste.

After-Acquired Property

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Property that a person acquires after taking on a debt, which becomes additional collateral for the debt. Typically, this occurs when the debtor has signed an agreement pledging all property as...

After-Acquired Title

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryTitle to property acquired by someone after that person has purportedly transferred the property to someone else. As soon as the seller actually acquires title, it passes to the person to whom it was sold...


Agency: An Overview

Agency law is concerned with any "principal"-"agent" relationship; a relationship in which one person has legal authority to act for another. Such relationships arise from explicit appointment, or by implication. The relationships...


A person with authority to act on behalf of another person.

See Principal, Fiduciary, and Fiduciary duty.


An interest in property is alienable if it may be conveyed by one individual to another individual. In general, and by common law, private property is alienable. The classical restraint on alienation was the fee tail, which required its owner to pass...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn real estate law, the complete and voluntary transfer of title to real estate from one person to another. The freedom to alienate property is considered essential to complete ownership.