bona vacantia


bona vacantia
/bowns vsksnsh(iy)s/
Vacant, unclaimed, or stray goods. Those things in which nobody claims a property, and which belonged, under the common law, to the finder, except in certain instances, when they were the property of the king. 1 Bl.Comm. 298
bona vacantia 2
/bowna vakabnsh(iy)a/
Vacant goods; unclaimed property. Generally, personal property which escheats to state because no owner, heir or next of kin claims it. Now includes real as well as personal property and passes to state as an incident of sovereignty. Boswell v. Citronelle-Mobile Gathering Inc., 292 Ala. 344, 294 So.2d 428, 432

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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