heir

(redirected from Heirless)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial.

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.
..... Click the link for more information.
 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
. 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.
..... Click the link for more information.
 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 An heir presumptive is in the same position as an heir apparent except that his claim may be superseded, as by the birth of one more closely related to the owner.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
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
Reparations payments made because of the murdered six million (regardless of the formal rationale for the payment), as well as restituted heirless and communal property, could be used wherever Jewish needs were greatest, on a collective basis and not only for individuals.
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.
BUILT in 1914, the Smith & Pepper business suddenly closed down overnight in 1981 when three heirless siblings - Eric, 81, Olive, 78, and Tom, 74 - failed to find a buyer in just one week.
heirless claims and covering other earlier deficiencies in payment.
But not before she uttered ominous words cursing the Wadiyars to an heirless future.
Without Henry's plea in vain for the Pope to annul his heirless marriage to Catherine of Aragon would there have been an English Reformation at all?
WADH -- BNP(Mengal) President, former Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal has stated that no one should consider Balochs are helpless or heirless rather they are the guardians of Baloch land, Baloch masses, their resources and coastal belt.
The peasants of an unnamed village, a hamlet really, are engaged in communal arable farming under the benevolent rule of the heirless Master Kent.
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.