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  • n. the person legally entitled to inherit the property of someone who dies intestate


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  • You rightly remind me that this excellent uncle has hopes of his own mixed up in this affair, for he knows that if this boy dies intestate he will be his heir-at-law, whatever he may be in point of equity.

    The Defense

  • All of these, therefore, descend by law to his heir-at-law.

    The Blackstone Key

  • A ghastly white hue overspread every line of the wan features of the heir-at-law.

    The Magic Skin

  • OK would not recognize the adopted kid as an heir-at-law, since s/he would not legally be a child of the decedents since the adoption is not recognized.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Recognizing Out-of-State Adoptions:

  • The niece, who had not spoken to Miss Puffer for two years, not to be diverted from her right as a prospective heir-at-law was the cause, alerted after the introduction to the nephew.

    Savage Peace

  • Sir Condy Rackrent, by the grace of God heir-at-law to the

    Castle Rackrent

  • Should this trial be carried to its natural conclusion it will be for you to decide whether this wealth belongs to him as the heir-at-law of the late Earl, or whether there was left some nearer heir when that Earl died, whose rightful claim would bar that of my client.

    Lady Anna

  • Against that claim Earl Lovel made his claim, as heir-at-law, alleging that there was no widow, and no legitimate child.

    Lady Anna

  • The Countess would receive that to which she would be entitled as widow, the daughter would be the heir-at-law to the bulk of the personal property, and the Earl would merely claim any real estate, if — as was very doubtful — any real estate had been left in question.

    Lady Anna

  • Castle Richmond property should go to an heir-at-law, and how it was impossible that Herbert should be that heir-at-law, seeing that he had not been born in lawful wedlock.

    Castle Richmond


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