Estate in Remainder Law and Legal Definition
An estate in remainder refers to an estate which vests after the termination of the prior estate. For instance life estate. It is created at the same time and by the same instrument as another estate and limited to arise immediately upon the termination of the other estate.
The following is an example of a case law on estate in remainder:
An estate in remainder is defined to be an estate limited to take effect and be enjoyed after another estate is determined. To create an estate in remainder, the owner of the fee must first carve out of the fee an estate for life, or for years, as a supporting or precedent estate to the estate in remainder. [Bunting v. Speek, 41 Kan. 424 (Kan. 1889)].