use upon a use

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Formerly, a right recognized by the Chancery after the Statute of Uses 1535 (see use). In a situation in which A held property to the use of (i.e. for the benefit of) B, who held to the use of C, the Statute made B the legal owner but did not affect the second use to C (the use upon a use), who remained entitled to the benefit. The second use eventually developed into the trust.

Subjects: Law.

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