own·er n: one with an interest in and often dominion over property: as
a: legal owner in this entry
b: one with the right to exclusive use, control, or possession of property
c: a purchaser under a contract for the sale of real property see also equitable owner in this entry
beneficial owner
1: one holding a beneficial interest in a trust compare beneficial interest at interest 1
2: one enjoying the benefit of property of which another is the legal owner
was the beneficial owner of property held by the parent corporation
3: one who has or shares the power to control the voting or investment of stock
was considered the beneficial owner of stock held by her minor children
equitable owner: one (as a beneficiary of a trust) who is considered to have rights or obligations of an owner regardless of legal title on the ground of equity
do not have legal title but, upon execution of the contract, they became equitable owners and have power to sue to protect their landDessen v. Jones, 551 N.E.2d 782 (1990)
legal owner: one who has legal title to property; broadly: one determined by law to own property
a dispute over who is legal owner of the money
naked owner in the civil law of Louisiana: an owner of property burdened by a usufruct
a usufructuary possesses the usufruct for himself and the thing for the naked ownerLouisiana Civil Code
record owner: one who is the owner of property (as land or stock) according to current appropriate records
received a tax bill as record owner of the land – called also owner of record;

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

index employer, holder, lessor, principal (director), proprietor, shareholder, tenant

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A person or business that has legal title to property.

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

One who has legal title or right to something. (See: ownership)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A proprietor; the one who has legal right to possess, use, and/or convey property to another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The person recognized by the law as having the ultimate control over, and right to use, property as long as the law permits and no agreement or covenant limits his or her rights.

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

The person recognized by the law as having the ultimate control over, and right to use, property as long as the law permits and no agreement or covenant limits his or her rights.

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

   one who has legal title or right to something. Contrary to the cynical adage: "Possession is nine-tenths of the law," possession does not necessarily make one a legal owner.
   See also: own

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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