Life-estate-pur-autre-vie definitions

(law) An estate in land which is given by a grantor to a party only for the duration of the life of a third party, and for which ownership will revert to another upon the death of that third party.

Joe gives property "to Mike for the life of Bob"; Joe has created a life estate pur autre vie for Mike, but when Bob dies, the property automatically reverts to Joe.


Origin of life-estate-pur-autre-vie

From life estate + French pour ("for"), autre ("another"), vie ("life").