heirs and assigns

Definition

Heirs are recipients of an inheritance from a deceased owner; assigns are successors in interest to a property. Usually found in deeds and wills. To will property to heirs and assigns means the person receiving the property can then sell it or will it to his or her own heirs.

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We had a long meeting with the heirs and assigns and found them to be willing and competent enough to come to amiable agreements on the inheritance.

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To avoid disappointment and loss, you should have an attorney properly review any contract promising you future rewards to ensure that it is binding upon heirs and assigns.

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After my grandmother died we discovered that we did not inherit anything in her will, but instead her pool boy and her groundskeeper were listed as the only heirs and assigns.

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