Service Real Law and Legal Definition

Service real is a term of the civil law which means a service servitude which one estate owes to another, or the right of doing something or having privilege in one man's estate for the advantage and convenience of the owner of another estate. To constitute such a service there must be two estates, the one giving, and the other receiving the advantage. [Karmuller v. Krotz, 18 Iowa 352, 357-358 (Iowa 1865)]

The estate unto which the service is due is called praedium dominans, or the ruling estate; and the other estate, which suffers or yields the service, is called praedium serviens, or an estate subject to a privilege or service.