Enfeoffment to use


Enfeoffment to use
A legal procedure by which a landowner granted land to another person on the understanding that the grantee would do what the original owner instructed. It was a means of bypassing legislation which under certain circumstances restricted the bequeathing of freehold property, e.g. "entail. 'Enfeoffment to use' came under the purview of the "chancery. The phrase was sometimes abbreviated to 'in use' or 'the use', while the procedure itself was also known as Cestui-que-use. -

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  • Enfeoffment — Under the feudal system, enfeoffment was the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service. This mechanism was later used to avoid restrictions on the passage of title in land by a system in which a landowner would… …   Wikipedia

  • Cestui-que-use — See Enfeoffment to use …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • In use — See Enfeoffment to use …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Alienation — This term is used of property given by its owner to another, e.g. from a lord to a monastery, and particularly of lands given by the king to supporters, or those he wished to become supporters. Cf. De donis; Enfeoffment to use …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Chancery, court of — The *chancellor began to hear pleas for legal redress which other courts could not deal with during the 14c, such as those against king s officers or the king himself. Its procedures were relatively informal and the chancellor was able to make… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • De donis — Lit. concerning gifts . One of the chapters of the Second Statute of Westminster, 1285. It was an attempt to prevent land which had been given to younger sons or daughters being alienated. It stipulated that this could happen only after the third …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Entail — [fee tail] The settling of property, i.e. a landed estate, on a descendant in such a way that the land could not be broken up subsequently when passed on again. It was the epitome of a landed aristocracy s interest: to maintain its great estates… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Feoffment — The process of assigning property to a person under feudal law, for which military service was due. Cf. Enfeoffment to use; Fee1; Livery in seisin …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Maritagium — Latin term for a woman s marriage portion which was given in land. However, by the end of the 13c such gifts were being given as money. But heiresses and wealthy widows who married again had different arrangements. Cf. Enfeoffment to use …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Feudalism — • The source of feudalism rises from an intermingling of barbarian usage and Roman law Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Feudalism     Feudalism      …   Catholic encyclopedia


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