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noun, plural heirs at law.

a person who inherits, or has a right of inheritance in, the real property of one who has died without leaving a valid will.

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Origin of heir at law

First recorded in 1720–30
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heir-at-law

noun plural heirs-at-law

property law the person entitled to succeed to the real property of a person who dies intestate
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