Cui in Vita Law and Legal Definition

Cui in vita is a Latin term meaning, “to whom in the life”. It is a writ of entry enabling a woman to recover land that she had held in fee but that her deceased husband had sold without her permission. Cui in vita also refers to whom she, in his lifetime, could not gainsay. It is also known as sur cui in vita.

Cui in vita is also a writ of entry whereby, a widow has against him, to whom her husband alienated her lands or property in his lifetime. In the writ, it should be specified that during husband’s lifetime, wife could not withstand his tenements.