Writ of formedon

WRIT OF FORMEDON, practice. This writ lies where a party claims the specific recovery of lands and tenements, as issue in tail; or as remainder-man or reversioner, upon the determination of an estate in tail. Co. Litt. 236 b; Booth, 139, 151, 154.

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De Donis, recognizing that |it seemed very hard, and yet seemeth, to the Givers and their Heirs that their Will being expressed in the Gift, was not heretofore, nor yet is observed' (Statutes of the Realm, i.71), offered those who had been disadvantaged by the breaking of an entail a legal remedy (known as a writ of formedon) which made the buying or selling of entailed estates a very much more risky business.