Contingent Interest

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Definition: Contingent Interest

What is the dictionary definition of Contingent Interest?

Dictionary Definition

n. an interest in real property which, according to the deed (or a will or trust), a party will receive only if a certain event occurs or certain circumstances happen. Examples: surviving a person who had a life estate (the right to use the property for his/her life), or having children at the time such a life estate ends.

Full Definition of Contingent Interest

A person has a ‘contingent interest’ in some property if there is a possibility that a real interest in that property will come to him at some point in the future. If, for example, person A makes a Will leaving his house to whichever of my children marries first, then the children have contingent interests. See vested interest for a more detailed discussion.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Contingent Interest are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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