Lex Loci Rei Sitae Law and Legal Definition

Lex loci rei sitae is a Latin term which means ‘law of the place where the property is situated.’ The law governing the transfer of title to property is dependent upon, and varies with, the location of the property.

The lex loci rei sitae governs all contracts for or conveyances of real estate. Unless it is in conformity and compliance with the lex loci rei sitae they are invalid.

In Doyle v. McGuire, 38 Iowa 410 (Iowa 1874), the court held that the validity of transfers of real estate is determined by the lex loci rei sitae. This rule is applicable not only to the form and manner of the conveyance, but also to the rights of the parties and their capacity to contract.