Chattels (law Lat. cutalla), a term used to designate personal property. This is of two kinds: chattels personal, including movable goods, as domestic animals, money, harvested crops, etc.; and chattels real, under which term are included all interests in land which are less than freehold, that is to say, which are not estates in fee or for life. Chattels, on the death of the owner without a will, pass to his personal representatives instead of his heirs at law, and they constitute the primary fund for the payment of debts. Chattels personal may be transferred by mere delivery, without writing; and chattels real did not at the common law require for their creation or assignment livery of seisin. Some things are either real estate or chattels according to circumstances. Thus, a house belonging to the owner of the land it is built upon constitutes a part of the freehold; but if owned by a mere tenant, who has a right to remove it, it is his personal chattel. So an unharvested crop may be a part of the realty or a chattel, according as it does or does not belong to the owner of the soil.