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    Goebbels' estate sues Random House for diary royalties

    What does "estate" mean here?

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    Re: Goebbels' estate sues Random House for diary royalties

    I am not a teacher.

    Goebbels' estate is the total of his belongings, money and property at the time of his death. I think it is misused here, although it is understandable. It means his heirs, inheritors or whoever is the current owner or custodian of the estate.

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    Re: Goebbels' estate sues Random House for diary royalties

    In the eyes of the law, an estate is a legal entity. The sentence is fine.

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    Re: Goebbels' estate sues Random House for diary royalties

    I am not a teacher.

    Whose law?

    Who's suing? You need a person in the process somewhere.

    The OP's question was, 'What does estate mean here?' not 'Is this sentence OK?'

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    Re: Goebbels' estate sues Random House for diary royalties

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    The OP's question was, 'What does estate mean here?' not 'Is this sentence OK?'
    Yes, but one of the folks who answered suggested that estate is the wrong word. It's not. It's the right word. So another person answered to clarify.

    Estate is in the dictionary. As another person above answered, it's the people who legally control everything that Goebbels owned after his death and taxes - the two great certainties - and the growth in that property (that is, profits and new assets) since he died.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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