Heir at law

Heir at law
Heir Heir ([^a]r), n. [OE. heir, eir, hair, OF. heir, eir, F. hoir, L. heres; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Hereditary}, {Heritage}.] 1. One who inherits, or is entitled to succeed to the possession of, any property after the death of its owner; one on whom the law bestows the title or property of another at the death of the latter. [1913 Webster]

I am my father's heir and only son. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. One who receives any endowment from an ancestor or relation; as, the heir of one's reputation or virtues. [1913 Webster]

And I his heir in misery alone. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Heir apparent}. (Law.) See under {Apparent}.

{Heir at law}, one who, after his ancector's death, has a right to inherit all his intestate estate. --Wharton (Law Dict.).

{Heir presumptive}, one who, if the ancestor should die immediately, would be his heir, but whose right to the inheritance may be defeated by the birth of a nearer relative, or by some other contingency. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • heir at law — see heir Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. heir at law …   Law dictionary

  • heir at law — n. the heir who has the right, under the laws of intestate descent and distribution, to receive the estate of an ancestor who has died without leaving a will …   English World dictionary

  • heir at law — heir′ at law′ n. pl. heirs at law law a person who inherits, or is entitled to inherit, the real property of one who has died intestate …   From formal English to slang

  • heir at law — noun (plural heirs at law) 1. Eng common law : an heir in whom an intestate s real property as distinguished from his personal estate is vested by operation of law and not by will or by curtesy or by right of dower called also legal heir; compare …   Useful english dictionary

  • heir-at-law — noun the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate • Hypernyms: ↑heir, ↑inheritor, ↑heritor * * * noun see heir at law 2 * * * heirˈ at lawˈ noun An heir by legal right • • • Main Entr …   Useful english dictionary

  • heir-at-law — /ɛər ət ˈlɔ/ (say airr uht law) noun (plural heirs at law) an heir by legal right …   Australian English dictionary

  • heir-at-law — noun (plural heirs at law) an heir by right of blood, especially to the real property of an intestate …   English new terms dictionary

  • heir at law — Date: 1684 heir 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heir at law — pl. heirs at law. a person who inherits, or has a right of inheritance in, the real property of one who has died without leaving a valid will. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • heir-at-law — legal inheritor …   English contemporary dictionary

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