Definition of heir-at-law in English:

heir-at-law

noun

  • An heir by right of blood, especially to the real property of a person who dies intestate.

    • ‘The first grandson gets the next land, not the second son if the heir-at-law dies.’
    • ‘The narrator notes that Mr. Smith is regarded by the community as her heir-at-law, or default heir.’
    • ‘The heir-at-law abandoned his claims in the city.’
    • ‘Notice to all heirs-at-law is not required, but all heirs-at-law must be named on the petition.’
    • ‘To use the old phrase, the real estate ‘drops like a rock’ to the heirs-at-law.’
    • ‘The heirs-at-law are determined by kinship to the deceased and are set forth in the Code of Virginia.’
    • ‘The respondent signed her assent to the petitions and obtained the assents of two other heirs-at-law.’
    • ‘When the executor or administrator prepares accounts to be approved by the beneficiaries, heirs-at-law or the court, an application for compensation should be included.’
    • ‘The Bill does not deal with the descent of real property, and the heir-at-law will continue for the present to exist in our system of law.’
    successor, heiress, next in line, inheritor, heir apparent, heir presumptive, heir-at-law, descendant, beneficiary, legatee, scion
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Pronunciation:

heir-at-law

/ˈerətˌlô/