14. A freehold estate is one which may last during a life, and whose duration is uncertain, but is not dependent on the will of another.3
2 See Sedgwick, J., In Cutts v. Com., 2 Mass. 284.
3 2 Bl Comm. 704; Hanna, J., in Bradford v. State, 15 Ind. 353; People v. Board of Education of Grand Rapids, 38 Mich. 95; Wyatt v. Irrigation Co., 18 Colo. 208, 33 Pac 144. For questions of freehold, as determining the jurisdiction of a court, see Wilson v. Dresser, 152 11L 387, 38 N. E. 888; Van Meter v. Thomas, 153 111. 65, 38 N. E. 1036; Hupp v. Hupp, 153 III 490, 39 N. E. 124; Howe v. Warren, 154 111. 227, 40 N. E. 472; Moshier v. Reynolds, 155 III 72, 39 N. E. 621.
15. An estate of inheritance is a freehold which, on the death of the owner intestate, descends to his heirs.4
In some states long terms of years are by statute declared to be freeholds,5 and in others estates for the life of another 6 are declared to be estates of inheritance.7 Estates less than freehold are chattel interests in lands, and go to the personal representative of the deceased owner, unless he has otherwise disposed of them by will.