lis pendens

noun
lis pen·​dens | \ ˈlis-ˈpen-ˌdenz \

Legal Definition of lis pendens

1 : a pending suit
2 : a written notice of a pending suit involving property usually filed in the appropriate office (as a registry of deeds)

called also notice of pendency

3a : the jurisdiction and control of the court over property involved in a pending suit
b : a doctrine under which one purchasing an interest in property involved in a pending suit does so subject to the adjudication of the rights of the parties to the suit

History and Etymology for lis pendens

Latin

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“Lis pendens.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/lis%20pendens. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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