Title

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Title'

The right to the ownership and possession of any item that may be legally recognized as belonging to someone or something. In its most basic sense, title is the recognition of ownership.

There are three components to the concept of title; possession or occupation, the right of possession and apparent ownership.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Title'

Under a system of government that recognizes individual property rights, it is possible for an individual to have ownership over a vast amount of tangible or intangible property. Title may be gained by descent, grant or purchase.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Adverse Possession

    A principle of real estate law that allows a person who possesses ...
  2. Register Of Deeds

    A record of real estate deeds or other land titles that is maintained ...
  3. Title Insurance

    Insurance that covers the loss of an interest in a property due ...
  4. Unrecorded Deed

    A deed for a tangible piece of property that is not filed with ...
  5. Deed

    A legal document that grants the bearer a right or privilege, ...
  6. Conveyance

    The act of transferring an ownership interest in real property ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. Why is a Free on Board (FOB) designation important for freight transportation?

    A free on board (FOB) designation specifies whether the buyer is responsible for freight charges and determines the obligations ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is the distinction between Free on Board (FOB) shipping point and destination?

    "Free on board (FOB) shipping point" and "free on board destination" are international trade terms that specify where the ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between legal liability and public liability?

    When you see the term "public liability" attached to a business, its products or its services, it refers to a specific type ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What kinds of financial instruments are designated as “Securities” by Cabinet Order?

    In Japan, securities are regulated by the Diet and the Financial Services Agency, or FSA. Rulings about securities come down ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What's the difference between cash-on-delivery differ and delivery against payment?

    Cash on delivery and delivery versus payment describe different procedures and timing of payments. Cash on delivery describes ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the different ways I can file my income tax return?

    In contractual law, a letter of intent is a document that represents an agreement between parties before the final agreement ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    10 Hurdles To Closing On A New Home

    It's the biggest purchase of your life - find out what can go wrong before you even close the deal.
  2. Retirement

    Holding Titles On Real Property

    Find out how best to claim and convey ownership on your assets.
  3. Home & Auto

    No Longer Nomads: The History Of Real Estate

    From caves to condos, we look at how homo sapiens hunted for a home.
  4. Options & Futures

    Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  5. Taxes

    Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  6. Investing Basics

    10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Amazon

    Learn some interesting facts about Amazon.com Incorporated, the history behind Amazon's name and the hidden services and technologies that Amazon offers.
  7. Personal Finance

    The World's Top 10 Law Firms

    Here is a list of world's top ten law firms in terms of revenue.
  8. Entrepreneurship

    Alternatives To Business Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy isn't the only alternative for a struggling business. It can try negotiating with creditors or liquidating assets outside the U.S courts.
  9. Retirement

    Power Of Attorney Form

    Be sure that any
  10. Retirement

    Power Of Attorney: Do You Need One?

    Having a power of attorney ensures that you select who will act for you when you are unable to handle your affairs. Without one, the courts decide.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!