Emblements Law and Legal Definition

Emblements are crops to which a tenant who cultivated the land is entitled by agreement with the owner. If the tenant dies before harvest, the crop will become the property of his/her estate. The doctrine chiefly comes into play in the law of landlord and tenant, or in the foreclosure of mortgages and other legal situations that place the rights of another party in contention with those of a farmer who has planted a crop yet to be harvested. The doctrine of emblements operates to guarantee a farmer's right to reap and carry away the fruits of his/her labor even if s/he loses title to the land on which they are grown.