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Related to seisin: disseisin, feoffment, Livery of seisin


also sei·zin  (sē′zĭn)
1. Legal possession of land, as a freehold estate.
a. The act or an instance of taking legal possession of land.
b. Property thus possessed.

[Middle English seisine, from Old French saisine, from seisir, to seize; see seize.]


(ˈsiːzɪn) or


(Law) property law feudal possession of an estate in land
[C13: from Old French seisine, from seisir to seize]


or sei•zin

(ˈsi zɪn)

1. possession or right to possession of an estate of freehold.
2. possession of either land or chattel.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French saisine=sais(ir) to seize + -ine -ine3]

seizin, seisin

1. possession of a freehold estate.
2. the estate so possessed.
See also: Property and Ownership
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who acquired a seisin of liberty could appeal to the king's court,
The use originated as a tax planning device, designed to avoid the tax imposed by kings who required payment for "livery of seisin," upon transfer of a deceased noble's estate and title, by vesting title in perpetuity in trustees for the use and benefit of heirs.
Otros senores menores (mesne lords), que tambien tenian vasallos, pero que estaban ellos mismos sometidos como vasallos a un senor mas alto, no estaban obligados al primer seisin, aunque estaban tambien obligados a pagar diversas tasas (reliefs) a sus senores.
Gerrish, the court apparently enforced a lease for life as being no different from a life estate because seisin is outmoded.
In a successful action of novel disseisin, "the sheriff would restore the plaintiff to seisin in the presence and 'by view of the jurors," who "would point out exactly what properties they had awarded to the plaintiff.
30) In the common law, ownership historically grew out of the robust protection of possession-like seisin, and even today, possession gives a presumption of ownership.
e] 10 'and seisin of the said land with the' 20) of annual rent of [y.
Seisin is an ancient concept rooted in English feudal law.
24) Affirming the damages judgment, the court in Hillsboro Cove, like the court in Beaullieu, appears to have premised its analysis on a case interpreting the covenant of seisin (the common law warranty from a seller to a buyer that "the grantor has the very estate in quantity and quality which he purports to convey").
It seemed to me that ceremonies such as livery of seisin were purely evidentiary and designed to impress unlettered people that the parties had been in earnest when they entered into their agreements.
A question of timing: Walter de Lacy's seisin of Meath 1189-94.
livery of seisin pantomime (81) to the mysteries of instantaneous