heir-at-law


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heir-at-law

n, pl heirs-at-law
(Law) property law the person entitled to succeed to the real property of a person who dies intestate
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Noun1.heir-at-law - the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate
heir, heritor, inheritor - a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another
References in classic literature ?
that so far as we know, none of the papers were removed, and that the prisoner is the one man in the world who had no reason for removing them, since he was heir-at-law, and would come into them in any case.
Her father was heir-at-law to a great estate that had long lain unknown of, unclaimed, and accumulating.
How it had at length become plain to Mr Pancks that he had made a real discovery of the heir-at-law to a great fortune, and that his discovery had but to be ripened to legal fulness and perfection.