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Easement:  the liberty, advantage, privilege or right which one has in lands of another (ie. a right of way.)

  a liability, charge, claim or lien attached to and binding real property; as a judgment, unpaid taxes, or a right of way.

:  to make a gift of things which may be directly inherited (ie. land, heirlooms) to another.  The deed of conveyance is a feoffment.

Et Ux:  the abbreviation for et uxor, meaning "and wife" where a grantor's wife joins him in the conveyance.

Executor:  A persons named in a will to carry out its provisions.

Fee Simple:  An ownership in real property, free from all conditions or encumbrances.

Grantee:  a buyer of real estate.

Grantor:  the seller of real estate.

Hereditaments:  things which may be directly inherited.

Judgment:  A decree, a court declaring that one individual is indebted to another and fixing the amount of such debt.

Lien:  a claim which one person has upon property of another as security for a debt, judgment, mortgage or taxes.

Life Estate:  An estate or interest held during the term of some certain person's life.

Messuage:  dwelling-house with the adjacent buildings and land (sometimes enclosed, like a courtyard).

Plan or Plat Book:  a public record of various recorded plans, or subdivisions in the municipality or county.

Power of Attorney:  an instrument authorizing another to act as one's agent or attorney.  

Quitclaim:  a deed giving title where the grantor only releases whatever title he had (he may be one of a group owning the property being transferred).

Release:  the relinquishment, concession or giving up of a right, claim, or privilege, by the person in whom it exists or to whom it accrues, to the person against whom it might have been demanded or enforced.

Sheriff Deed:  A deed to property sold by a sheriff in virtue of his authority as an officer holding process.

Tax Deed:  A deed for property sold at public sale by a unit of government as a county, for non-payment of taxes.

Tenancy In Common:  An estate held by two or more persons, each of whom is considered as being possessed of the whole of an undivided part.

Title:  Evidence of ownership, referring to the quality of the estate.


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