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Lesson 1: Basic Future Interests: The Concept of "Future Interest"

This lesson is part of a series of exercises covering Basic Future Interests. While the 10 lessons comprising this series can be worked in any sequence, the lessons do to some degree build on each other. Thus, it is suggested that students work them in order.

Students should complete the Basic Estate System lesson prior to working through this lesson and series.

The 10 lessons are:

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Define the basic concept of future interests under American common law.
2. List the key characteristics of modern future interests.
3. Recognize various future interests based on the words that create them.
4. Classify future interests in the grantor (reversion, possibility of reverter, and right of re-entry).
5. Classify future interests in someone other than the grantor (remainder and executory interest).
6. Compare the rights of future interest holders with those of present interest holders.


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