heir-at-law

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heir-at-law

the person entitled to succeed to the real property of a person who dies intestate.
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(22) The Deeds of Sale dated in 1861 establish that the heirs-at-law of Peter Rupert of Osnabruck were William Rupert of Sidney Township, heir-at-law, and Jerome Rupert of Sidney Township, heir-at-law of John Rupert, deceased, and himself heir-at-law of Peter Rupert of Osnabruck.
According to the dissenters, David Egelhoff's Boeing plan did not specifically address the issue of whether the decedent employee's benefits should go to the former spouse or to the former spouse's heirs-at-law. Therefore, argued Justice Breyer, it should not violate ERISA for state law to provide an answer to the question.