§36-1-12. Estates tail.
Every estate in lands so limited that, as the law was on the seventh day of October, in the year seventeen hundred and seventy- six, in the state of Virginia, such estate would have been an estate tail, shall, except as provided in section fourteen of this article, be deemed an estate in fee simple, and every limitation upon such an estate shall be held valid, if the same would be valid when limited upon an estate in fee simple.