A charge fixed by law for services of public officers or for use of a privilege under control of government. Fort Smith Gas Co. v. Wiseman, 189 Ark. 675, 74 S.W.2d 789, 790.
A recompense for an official or professional service or a charge or emolument or compensation for a particular act or service. A fixed charge or perquisite charged as recompense for labor; reward, compensation, or wage given to a person for performance of services or something done or to be done.
See also base (base fee)
- license fee or tax
@ attorney fees
Charge to client for services performed (e.g. hourly fee, flat fee, contingency fee). Such fees must be "reasonable" (see e.g. Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.5(a)). Numerous federal statutes provide for the award of attorney fees to the prevailing party; e.g., 25% of award in social security disability claim actions.
See contingent fees, below;
@ contingent fees
Arrangement between attorney and client whereby attorney agrees to represent client with compensation to be a percentage of the amount recovered; e.g., 25% if the case is settled, 30% if case goes to trial. Frequently used in personal injury actions. Such fee arrangements are often regulated by court rule or statute depending on the type of action and amount of recovery; and are not permitted in criminal cases (see, e.g., ABA, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.5(c), (d)).
@ court fees
Those amounts paid to court or one of its officers for particular charges that typically are delineated by statute, such as docket fees, marshal's charges and witness fees. Dickerson v. Pritchard, D.C.Ark., 551 F.Supp. 306, 311.
See e.g. 28 U.S.C.A. No. 1911 et seq.
See also cost
Docket fees.
See court fees above; also docket.
An interest in land which
(a) is or may become possessory; and
(b) is ownership measured in terms of duration. Restatement of Property No. 9.
See also fee simple.
Ordinarily, word "fee" or "fee simple" is applied to an estate in land, but term is applicable to any kind of hereditament, corporeal or incorporeal, and is all the property in thing referred to or largest estate therein which person may have. In re Forsstrom, 44 Ariz. 472, 38 P.2d 878, 888.
A freehold estate in lands, held of a superior lord, as a reward for services, and on condition of rendering some service in return for it. The true meaning of the word "fee" is the same as that of "feud" or "fief," and in its original sense it is taken in contradistinction to "allodium," which latter is defined as a man's own land, which he possesses merely in his own right, without owing any rent or service to any superior. 2 Bl.Comm. 105.
In modern English tenures, "fee" signifies an estate of inheritance, being the highest and most extensive interest which a man can have in a feud; and when the term is used simply, without any adjunct, or in the form "fee-simple," it imports an absolute inheritance clear of any condition, limitation, or restriction to particular heirs, but descendible to the heirs general, male or female, lineal or collateral. 2 Bl.Comm. 106.
- base fee
@ conditional fee
An estate restrained to some particular heirs, exclusive of others, Blume v. Pearcy, 204 S.C. 409, 29 S.E.2d 673, 674, as to the heirs of a man's body, by which only his lineal descendants were admitted, in exclusion of collateral; or to the heirs male of his body, in exclusion of heirs female, whether lineal or collateral.
It was called a "conditional fee," by reason of the condition expressed or implied in the donation of it that, if the donee died without such particular heirs, the land should revert to the donor. The term includes a fee that is either to commence or determine on some condition; and is sometimes used interchangeably with "base fee," that is, one to determine or be defeated on the happening of some contingent event or act.
@ determinable fee
Also called a "base fee" or "qualified fee". One which has a qualification subjoined to it, and which must be determined whenever the qualification annexed to it is at an end. An estate in fee which is liable to be determined by some act or event expressed on its limitation to circumscribe its continuance, or inferred by law as bounding its extent. An estate which may last forever is a "fee," but if it may end on the happening of a merely possible event, it is a "determinable," or "qualified fee."
See also determinable fee or fee simple
@ determinable fee or fee simple
Estate created with special limitation which delimits duration of estate in land
See also determinable fee and fee simple
@ fee simple determinable
Estate created with special limitation which delimits duration of estate in land
@ fee expectant
A name sometimes applied to an estate created where lands are given to a man and his wife and the heirs of their bodies.
@ fee simple defeasible
Title created in trustees where legal title in fee simple to active trust estate is by will placed in trustees who are required to distribute property in fee simple upon happening of event. Also called a "determinable fee", "base fee", or "qualified fee". Kanawha Val. Bank v. Hornbeck, 151 W.Va. 308, 151 S.E.2d 694, 700.
@ great fee
In feudal law, the designation of a fee held directly from the crown.
@ knight's fee
@ limited fee
An estate of inheritance in lands, which is clogged or confined with some sort of condition or qualification. Such estates are based on qualified fees, conditional fees, and fees-tail. The term is opposed to "fee simple."
@ plowman's fee
In old English law, was a species of tenure peculiar to peasants or small farmers, somewhat like gavelkind, by which the lands descended in equal shares to all the sons of the tenant.
@ qualified fee
In English law, a fee having a qualification subjoined thereto, and which must be determined whenever the qualification annexed to it is at an end; otherwise termed a "base fee." An interest which may continue forever, but is liable to be determined, without the aid of a conveyance, by some act or event, circumscribing its continuance or extent. An interest given to a man and certain of his heirs at the time of its limitation.
@ quasi fee
An estate gained by wrong

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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