Personal Easement Law and Legal Definition

Personal easement is a personal right of its holder to a use of another's land. It is not dependent on ownership of a dominant estate. There is no dominant estate and the burden is imposed on the servient estate with a benefit that runs to a person or entity rather than with the land. It does not "run with the land" and cannot be transferred or inherited. Pipeline easements and other public utility easements are examples of personal easements. Personal easements are also known as easements in gross. Easements in gross are not favored in law.