See also:law, the reversion of lands to the next
See also:lord on the failure of heirs of the
See also:tenant . " When the tenant of an
See also:estate in
See also:dies without having alienated his estate in his lifetime or by his will, and without leaving any heirs either lineal or
See also:collateral, the lands in which he held his estate
See also:escheat, as it is called, to the lord of whom he held them " (
See also:Williams on the Law of Real
See also:Property) . This
See also:rule is explained by the conception of a
See also:freehold estate as an
See also:interest in lands held by the freeholder from some lord, the
See also:king being lord paramount . (See ESTATE.) The granter retains an interest in the
See also:land similar to that of the donor of an estate for
See also:life, to whom the land reverts after the life estate is ended . As there are now few freehold estates traceable to any
See also:mesne or intermediate lord, escheats, when they do occur, fall to the king as lord paramount . Besides escheat for defect of heirs, there was formerly also escheat propter delictum tenentis, or by the corruption of the
See also:blood of the tenant through
See also:attainder consequent on conviction and
See also:sentence for treason or
See also:felony . The blood of the tenant becoming corrupt by attainder was decreed no longer inheritable, and the effect was the same as if the tenant had died without heirs . The land, therefore, escheated to the next
See also:heir, subject' to the
See also:superior right of the
See also:crown to the
See also:forfeiture of the lands,—in the case of treason for ever, in the case of felony for a
See also:year and a
See also:day . All this was abolished by the Felony
See also:Act 1870, which provided for the
See also:appointment of an
See also:administrator to the property of the convict . Escheat is also an incident of
See also:copyhold tenure .
See also:Trust estates were not subject to escheat until the Intestates' Estates Act 1884, but now by that act the law of escheat applies in the same manner as if the estate or interest were a legal estate in corporeal hereditaments .
ESCHATOLOGY (Gr. &rXaros, last, and A6yos, science;...
JOHANN JOACHIM ESCHENBURG (1743–1820)
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