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heir,

person designated by law to succeed to the ownership of propertyproperty,
rights to the enjoyment of things of economic value, whether the enjoyment is exclusive or shared, present or prospective. The rightful possession of such rights is called ownership.
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 of another if that owner does not make a contrary disposition of it by willwill,
in law, document expressing the wishes of a person (known as a testator) concerning the disposition of her property after her death. If a person dies intestate, i.e.
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. A person who takes property left to him by will is not an heir but a legatee. The property that the heir receives is his inheritance. Originally the common law confined the term heir to an inheritor of real estate; the persons to whom the personal property of the deceased went were called the next of kin. The group of heirs of a person may differ from the group that the law recognizes as his next of kin, but the law that dictates the constitution of both is now largely statutory, and in many states of the United States the statutes have abolished all distinction. When titletitle,
in law, the means by which the owner has just and legal possession of his or her property. It is distinct from the document (e.g., a deed) that is evidence of the title.
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 to property is in a living person and his heirs, the meaning is merely that the person has absolute ownership of the property and can do with it what he wishes. No person may be the heir of a living person; the relationship arises only at the death of another. If the other person is still living, the person who may become an heir is called an heir apparent or heir presumptive. An heir presumptive is in the same position as an heir apparent except that his claim may be superseded, as by the birth of one more closely related to the owner. These terms are much used with regard to dynastic succession; an heir apparent is in such connection the undisputed heir to the throne if he survives the incumbent; an heir presumptive is one who will inherit the throne if nothing intervenes—especially the birth of a child to the incumbent.

heir

Civil law the person legally succeeding to all property of a deceased person, irrespective of whether such person died testate or intestate, and upon whom devolves as well as the rights the duties and liabilities attached to the estate
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in 1949 as the international Jewish trustee for heirless and unidentifiable Jewish cultural property in the American zone.
The buildings, to the south-west of the abbey nave and attached to the main complex, passed through the hands of several families over the centuries after Sir Reynold died heirless in 1543 and the buildings reverted to the Crown.
Therefore, instead of using the old policies, a new strategy was urged whereby art and cultural objects would be given to a representative independent organisation to determine how the property should be restituted and how to deal with problems posed by heirless objects.
39) Julien Fielding summarizes: "An heirless person who dies is unanchored in this world; therefore, he doesn't receive any food, spirit money, or paper clothing that gets showered on ancestors.
The fact is that at this point neither Malcolm nor Macduff nor (apparently) Macbeth has children, and it could easily enough refer to any one of them, so that being heirless and having dead heirs seem to merge.
26) As pointed out by Schopen ("Monastic,"190 note 35), an explicit reference to the fact that heirless property will be seized by the government can also be found in the Adhikaranavastu of the Mulasarvastivada Vinaya, Gnoli (69,18).
28:15), Jacob Vaark is to die heirless in his uncompleted "great house" (147).
Jackman, it would appear, is not a direct descendant of Jekyll, who died heirless, but of his chameleonic alter ego, Hyde.
Lipscomb states that in 1536 'Henry's only son, the illegitimate Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died aged 17, leaving the king entirely heirless.
In Tudor times Tatton was bought by the Egerton family who owned the estate until the last Lord Egerton died heirless in 1958.
The Tsar agreed that, should Magnus abdicate or die heirless, a member of the Danish royal house would be elected new ruler, but only on condition that he take a similar oath of loyalty, and that the King of Denmark enter into permanent alliance with the Tsar against the said countries.
In the case of Kachhawahas, it had long been established that an heirless maharaja would appoint a successor from among the sons of the Thakur of Jhalai thikana.