I was reading a wikipedia page and stumbled upon this sentence.

A layman or straw man is a figure not intended to have a genuine beneficial interest in a property, to whom such property is nevertheless conveyed in order to facilitate a transaction.

I don't completely understand the sentence in italic, especially what it means by "conveyed".

Can anyone explain?

  • Hello and welcome to ELU. Your question should contain some research, such as possible meanings of "convey" (see the legal definition, #2 under Law): lexico.com/en/definition/convey). – KannE Nov 26 '19 at 20:58
  • Does the sentence mean the straw man is transfered the property even though they will not do anything with it that benefits them? – FreeHongKong Nov 26 '19 at 21:46
  • Hi @FreeHongKong I think the answer to your question in the comments is yes. It would be useful to understand the context of this comment. That would help me understand what you don't understand better. – Karlomanio Nov 26 '19 at 22:12
  • @Karlomanio - It's easier just to Google it; here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawperson. – KannE Nov 27 '19 at 1:35
  • @FreeHongKong - In this context, the straw man is the facilitator of a transaction, perhaps a lawyer. For example, let's suppose that I own half of a property, and my new spouse wishes to purchase the other half with a loan so that we own the property together. Well, that is multiple transactions because I can't buy something from myself, right? And my property rights can't just disappear temporarily...definitely not. So, a lawyer may act as straw man in such a case to facilitate the transaction, not to benefit from my property in any way. – KannE Nov 27 '19 at 3:06

Convey is a nice catch-all word meaning transfer or move (to). If whatever is being conveyed can't be moved, like land, then convey means pass the title to. Convey doesn't specify how it's effected—for example, by sale, gift, assignment, etc. That part is what your example discusses.

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