fee n [Middle English, fief, from Old French fé fief, ultimately from a Germanic word akin to Old High German fehu cattle]
1: an inheritable freehold estate in real property; esp: fee simple compare leasehold; life estate at estate
absolute fee: a fee granted with no restrictions or limitations on alienability: fee simple absolute at fee simple
conditional fee: a fee that is subject to a condition: as
defeasible fee: a fee that is subject to terminating or being terminated
determinable fee: a defeasible fee that terminates automatically upon the occurrence of a specified event: fee simple determinable at fee simple
fee patent: a fee simple absolute that is granted by a patent from the U.S. government; also: a patent that grants a fee simple absolute
the land shall have the same status as though such fee patent had never been issuedU.S. Code
◇ Allotments of parcels of land in reservations are held in private ownership by fee patents.
fee tail: a fee which is granted to an individual and to that individual's descendants, which is subject to a reversion or a remainder if a tenant in tail dies with no lineal descendants, and which is not freely alienable see also entail 1; de donis conditionalibus in the important laws section compare fee simple conditional at fee simple
◇ The fee tail developed out of the fee simple conditional as a means to ensure that property would remain intact and in the family. Instead of giving the grantee a fee simple absolute once he or she has a child, which the grantee could then alienate (as by selling), the fee tail creates a future interest in the descendants which prevents the grantee and the descendants from alienating the property. A fee tail is created by a conveyance to the grantee and to the heirs of the grantee's body. In most jurisdictions, the fee tail is not recognized.
2: a fixed amount or percentage charged; esp: a sum paid or charged for a service
attorney fee s
contingency fee: a fee for the services of a lawyer paid upon successful completion of the services and usu. calculated as a percentage of the gain obtained for the client – called also contingency, contingent fee; compare champerty, maintenance
fil·ing fee: a fee charged for the filing of a document
◇ Filing fees are ordinarily charged in civil matters with the filing of the complaint.
jury fee: a fee that is assessed in some courts as part of the cost of a civil jury trial
orig·i·na·tion fee: a fee charged by a lender for the preparation and processing of a loan
in fee: under title that creates a fee

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (charge) noun charge for services, compensation, compensation for labor, compensation for professional service, consideration, cost, disbursement, dues, emolument, exactment, expenditure, expense, fare, fixed charge, merces, payment, price, recompense, remuneration, reward, toll, wage associated concepts: attorney's fee, counsel fees, reasonable fee, splitting a fee II (estate) noun absolute inheritance, absolute interest in realty, corporal hereditament, feod, feud, fief, freehold, hereditament, holding, interest, land, landed estate, landed property, lands, legal estate, property, real estate, real property, realty, right of possession, title, unconditional inheritance, unlimited inheritance, unrestricted inheritance, vested interest in land associated concepts: absolute fee, base fee, conditional fee, contingent fee, defeasible estate, determinable fee, fee simple, fee tail, limited fee, qualified fee foreign phrases:
- Feodum est quod quls tenet ex quacunque causa sive sit tenementum slve reddhus. — A fee is that which any one holds from whatever cause, whether it be tenement or rent
III index advance (allowance), brokerage, charge (cost), compensation, due, excise, expense (cost), fare, honorarium, pay, payment (remittance), pension, perquisite, price, rate, real estate, recompense, rent, reward, toll (tax), wage

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Payment made to someone in exchange for services.
(2) An estate of complete ownership of land; ownership of a piece of property.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

in English law an interest in land that was inheritable but the term is now only relevant in the context of the phrase fee simple absolute in possession. In Scots law used to denote the full and unlimited right in capital or land that is otherwise subject to the personal servitude of a life rent.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) Absolute title in land. It often appears in deeds which transfer title as "Mary Jo Stone grants to Howard Takitall in fee . . ." The word "fee" can be modified to show that the title was "conditional" on some occurrence or could be terminated ("determinable") upon a future event.
2) A charge for services.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A payment invoiced or made for the performance of services; an interest in or ownership of real estate

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A compensation paid for particular acts, services, or labor, generally those that are performed in the line of official duties or a particular profession. An interest in land; an estate of inheritance.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A compensation paid for particular acts, services, or labor, generally those that are performed in the line of official duties or a particular profession. An interest in land; an estate of inheritance.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) absolute title in land, from old French, fief, for "payment," since lands were originally given by lords to those who served them. It often appears in deeds which transfer title as "Mary Jo Rock grants to Howard Takitall in fee:" or similar phrasing. The word "fee" can be modified to show that the title was "conditional" on some occurrence or could be terminated ("determinable") upon a future event.
   2) a charge for services.
   See also: attorney's fee, fee simple

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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