heir-at-law

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heir-at-law the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heir-at-law an heir by legal right
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. heir—L. hēres, an heir.

Usage

In literature:

I'm your heir at law, am I not?
"Rose of Old Harpeth" by Maria Thompson Daviess
He is heir-at-law to all his subjects.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
If she had in her own right an estate worth a billion, that child would be her heir-at-law.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
She knew that this relative had quarrelled with the heir-at-law, and left all to one he had never seen.
"Turns of Fortune" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
All the late baron's landed estates went to the male heir-at-law, a young officer in the Chasseurs d' Afrique, then in Algiers.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
As you said a while ago, the wife will be the husband's heir-at-law, in any event.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
I have got a crazy uncle, a brother of uncle Richard, who is heir-at-law if a will is not forthcoming.
"For Fortune and Glory" by Lewis Hough
Such is the deference shown respectively to those who are, or are not, the real heirs-at-law.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
To this, the case of the heir-at-law of Major Abbott is nearly a solitary exception.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Barthorpe Herapath is without doubt the heir-at-law of his deceased uncle, Jacob Herapath.
"The Herapath Property" by J. S. Fletcher
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In news:

TO ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF PATRICIA D LANGFORD, DECEASED.
ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF PATRICIA D LANGFORD, DECEASED.
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