What Does "Legal Life Tenant" Mean In New York Estate Law?

(noun): any person entitled for his life or for the life of another to the possession and use of real or personal property (SCPA 103 [30])

Plain English translation: An individual legally entitled to use another’s property for the rest of either of their lives.

Example: Mary has a legal right to live in her mother’s house for the rest of her life. Mary is a legal life tenant.

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