Natural Heir

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Meaning of Natural Heir

The term has no fixed technical meaning but is to be interpreted according to the context of the instrument involved As occurring in a deed, it has been said that the term denotes heirs of the body as distinguished from those entitled to succeed to the grantee ‘s estate in testacy . See Maynard v Henderson, 173 S. W. 831. The term may also be construed as denoting issue when it occurs in a will, as referring to lineal descendants . See Crawford Withrow, 117 A. 894, 314 Pa. 497. The term may also be construed as including close relatives such as a mother or collateral such as a sister . See Ludlum v Otis, (N. Y.) 15 Hun. 410, but also see Tea v Millen, 257 III. 624, 101 N.E. 209, holding that collaterals are not included within the meaning of the term.

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Natural heir in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

An heir begotten of the body; a lineal descendant. 19 Conn. 111 (1848). Also “Heir of the body.”

Note: This legal definition of Natural heir in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.







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