Pur autre vie

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In property law of the United States and some Canadian provinces, pur autre vie (Old French for "for another['s] life") is a duration of a property interest.[1][2] While it is similar to a life estate, it differs in that a person's life interest will last for the life of another person instead of their own.[1][2][3] For example, if Bob is given use of the family house for as long as his mother lives, he has possession of the house pur autre vie. Pur autre vie can occur when a contingent remainder is destroyed, in a Doctrine of Merger situation, where one person acquires the life estate of another and thereby destroys a remainder not already vested.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Life estate pur autre vie". Wex. Cornell Law School. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "life estate pur autre vie". Sutton Real Estate Dictionary. Sutton Group Realty Services Ltd. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ See Future Interest.
  4. ^ See Doctrine of Merger.