Involuntary Bailment Law and Legal Definition

Involuntary bailment is a type of bailment that arises when a person accidentally, but without any negligence, leaves personal property in another's possession. It happens when a person comes into possession of property accidentally or mistakenly. For example, where a lost purse or car keys are found and need to be protected until properly redelivered. An involuntary bailee who refuses to return the property to the owner can be liable for conversion.