Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Property. See 14 Am. Dec. 577, note.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Personal estate or property. This word has been held to be more comprehensive than the word "goods," as including fixtures, which "goods" will not include. Bank' v. Byram, 131 111. 92, 22 N. E. 842. In wills. The word "effects" is equivalent to "property," or "worldly substance," and, if used simpliciter, as in a gift of "all my effects," will carry the whole personal estate. Ves. Jr. 507; Ward, Leg. 209. The addition of the words "real and personal" wlll extend It so as to embrace the whole of the testator's real and personal estate. Hogan v. Jackson, Cowp. 304; The Alpena (D. C.) 7 Fed. 361. This is a word often found in wills, and, being equivalent to "property," or "worldly substance," its force depends greatly upon the association of the adjectives "real" and "personal." "Real and personal effects" would embrace the whole estote; but the word "effects" alone must be confined to personal estate simply, unless an intention appears to the contrary. Schouler, Wills, ยง 609. See Adams v. Akeriund, 168 III. 632, 48 N. E. 454 ; Ennis v. Smith, 14 How. 409, 14 L. Ed. 472.