Definition of Freehold

An estate for life or in fee. Intermountain Realty Co. v. Allen, 60 Idaho 228, 90 P.2d 704, 706. A "freehold estate” is a right of title to land. Cohn v. Litwin, 311 Ill.App. 55, 35 N.E.2d 410, 413. An estate in land or other real property, of uncertain duration; that is, either of inheritance or which may possibly last for the life of the tenant at the least (as distinguished from a leasehold); and held by a free tenure (as distinguished from copyhold or villeinage).

An estate to be a freehold must possess these two qualities: (1) Immobility, that is, the property must be either land or some interest issuing out of or annexed to land; and (2) indeterminate duration, for, if the utmost period of time to which an estate can endure be fixed and determined, it cannot be a freehold.

Freehold in deed is the real possession of land or tenements in fee, fee-tail, or for life. Freehold in law is the right to such tenements before entry. The term has also been applied to those offices which a man holds in fee or for life.

Determinable freeholds are estates for life, which may determine upon future contingencies before the life for which they are created expires, as if an estate be granted to a woman during her widowhood, or to a man until he be promoted to a benefice. In these and similar cases, whenever the contingency happens, when the widow marries, or when the grantee obtains the benefice, the respective estates are absolutely determined and gone. Yet, while they subsist, they are reckoned estates for life; because they may by possibility last for life, if the contingencies upon which they are to deter- : mine do not sooner happen. 2 Bl.Comm. 121.

Freehold in law is a freehold which has descended to a man, upon which he may enter at pleasure, but which he has not entered on.

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