heir at law

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Related to heir at law: intestacy
See: legatee

HEIR AT LAW. He who, after his ancestor's death intestate, has a right to all lands, tenements, and hereditaments, which belonged to him, or of which he was seised. The same as heir general. (q.v.)

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As The Heir at Law is virtually unknown to modern scholars, a brief word on the play itself seems in order.
Exactly how Jane Austen became acquainted with The Heir at Law remains uncertain.
Tom cannot meet the standards that Austen, through the introduction of her ideal heir at law Henry Moreland, has set for young men of their circumstances.
Austen further elucidates Tom's character through his determination to have The Heir at Law performed despite its objectionable features.
If we equate Henry Moreland with Edmund Bertram, and by elimination Tom Bertram with Dick Dowlas (which, as we have seen, is a closer match), then the ending of The Heir at Law - in which Henry rightfully displaces Dick as heir bodes ill for the elder Bertram son.
The court recognized that an heir at law could be an interested party, but the court said the daughter had "properly" been determined not to be an heir at law.
W]hen an at least facially valid previous will is before the court, the burden is on the potential heir at law who wishes to contest a will to show that the previous will which excluded the contestant was invalid or that the doctrine of dependent relative revocation did not apply.
The court did not elaborate on why the daughter would not be an heir at law.