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POSSESSOR. He who holds, detains or enjoys a thing, either by himself or his agent, which he claims as his own.
     2. In general the possessor of personal chattels is presumed to be the owner; and in case of real estate he has a right to receive the profits, until a title adverse to his possession has been established, leaving him subject to an action for the mesne profits. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"L&W's attempt to assert a possessory lien over the settlement funds it held in escrow implicates concerns over allowing an attorney who has acted as an escrow agent to assert a possessory lien on the escrowed property as security for professional services rendered," Hoffman said.
(3) The common law recognises two distinct forms of title to ownership: legal and possessory title.
As part of the deal, Delaware North acquired Curry's vending rights at Yosemite, including Curry's "possessory interest in improvements" and "other property." The asset transfer contract did not define what was included in the term "other property."
Here her focus is on Trance Possession, providing a specific guide on how to enter and exit possessory trance for spirit work.
simply a possessory action applicable to certain extant practices
"The issuance of the title in the name of DOTC gives the concessionaire the assurance that it can move forward with the project without hesitation and its possessory right to the project sites should be without question.
The taxpayer could contend that he holds a mere expectancy; his possessory interest is contingent upon living to age 40 and surviving his mother.
(87) It then develops an argument about whether and how self- possessory interests may be implicated in and potentially injured as a result of contraceptive sabotage.
Most finder disputes revolve around who found the thing and took its possession and whether someone else had possessory rights.
Trotto, finding that because he was not present and had no possessory interest in the vehicle, he lacked standing to challenge the legality of the stop and search.
"As a result of the investigation, the petitioners examined the issue of their real estate; they discovered that it is part of the same real estate being cultivated by settlers who have no possessory connection," the petition reads, adding that the settlers had planted Medjool date orchards, "which is considered a very profitable and flourishing industry." According to the petition, "over the years, the late owners and their heirs, the petitioners, believed that the real estate continued to be minefields and/or a closed military area not in use, and that therefore conditions were not yet ripe to restore their possessory right." The petitioners are also requesting an interim order that will halt the current cultivation of the site by the settlers.