heir at law


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Related to heir at law: intestacy

heir′ at law′



n., pl. heirs at law.
a person who inherits, or is entitled to inherit, the real property of one who has died intestate.
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Neither Hamlet, nor Macbeth, nor Othello, nor Douglas, nor The Gamester, presented anything that could satisfy even the tragedians; and The Rivals, The School for Scandal, Wheel of Fortune, Heir at Law, and a long et cetera, were successively dismissed with yet warmer objections.
For about the fifth time he then proposed the Heir at Law, doubting only whether to prefer Lord Duberley or Dr.
Now every one is permitted to make a woman his heir if he pleases; and if he dies intestate, he who succeeds as heir at law gives it to whom he pleases.
Indenture of B & S between Jerome Rupert of Sidney, Hastings, heir at law of John Rupert deceased, son and heir at law of Peter Rupert deceased of Osnabruck, regarding same Lot 24, Conc.
The Supreme Court affirmed an Eighth Circuit decision holding that a disclaimer could not avoid a Federal tax lien.(41) The taxpayer was the sole heir at law to his mother's estate.
In particular, Austen seems to be making a point by having Tom Bertram insist repeatedly on staging George Colman's The Heir at Law: 'For about the fifth time he then proposed the Heir at Law.'(1) Scholars today, unfamiliar with this play, disregard the allusion and so remain ignorant of its significance for Tom's characterization.
The term does not include an heir at law or a devisee who has received his or her distribution.
Pangloss, the elderly pedant in The Heir at Law (first performed 1797), is his only outstanding comic creation.