LIVERY OF SEISIN, estates. A delivery of possession of lands, tenements, and hereditaments, unto one entitled to the same. This was a ceremony used in the common law for the conveyance of real estate; and the livery was in deed, which was performed by the feoffor and the feoffee going upon the land, and the latter receiving it from the former; or in law, where the game was not made on the land, but in sight of it. 2 Bl. Com. 315, 316.
2. In most of the states, livery of seisin is unnecessary, it having been dispensed with either by express law or by usage. The recording of the deed has the same effect.
~~ Specifically what "deed" is Bouvier's Law Dictionary referring to?Bouvier's Law Dictionary- LIVERY, Engl. law. 1. The delivery of possession of lands to those tenants who hold of the king in capite, or knight's service. 2. Livery was also the name of a writ which lay for the heir of age, to obtain the possession of seisin of his lands at the king's hands...
These two terms are ones from the old English feudal system of land ownership. That's all in the past, now. As such, in the US, property is transferred (delivered) by deed, and the type of ownership can vary according to the state you live in. As a result, the use of "deed" that you've seen reference is generic in fashion, and can refer to any type of deed. Back in the days of feudalism, the transfer of land had more ceremonial acts of transfer of ownership than you see today. I hope this helps.
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Hey, didn't I take first year property class in law school from you?
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