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Inheritance, inheriting and heritage

beneficiary

noun

someone who gets money or other things from someone who has died

bequeath

verb

to give someone money or property after you die by making a legal document called a will

bequest

noun

money or property that you give to someone after you die by making a legal document called a will

birthright

noun

a right to own something as a member of a family

claimant

noun

someone who says that they have a right to something, especially something that belonged to someone who has died

come down to

to become someone’s property because the previous owner has died

come into

if you come into something, it becomes yours when someone dies

come to

to become someone’s property, especially because the previous owner has died

cut off

to prevent someone from ever receiving your money or property

be descended from

to be related to a person or animal that lived long ago

devolve to

to become someone’s property when someone else dies

disinherit

verb

to make legal arrangements so that a close relative, especially your son or daughter, will not receive any of your money or property when you die

down

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying that something is given to the next generation (=people who are alive after you die)

entail

verb

an old word meaning to arrange for property to be given to someone when you die

estate

noun

all the property and money that belongs to someone, especially someone who has just died

execute

verb

to make certain that the instructions in someone’s will are followed after they die

heir

noun

someone who will receive money, property, or a title when another person dies

heir apparent

noun

an heir whose right to a rank or title cannot be taken away if another heir is born

heiress

noun

a woman or girl who will receive money or property when another person dies

heirloom

noun

a valuable or special possession that has belonged to a family for many years

hereditary

adjective

a hereditary title or right is officially passed from a parent to their child

inherit

verb

to receive property or money from someone who has died

inherit

verb

to receive a right or an official social position that belonged to a relative who has died

inherit

verb

to be born with the same appearance or character as one of your parents

inheritance

noun

property or money that you receive from someone when they die

inheritance

noun

the process of inheriting money or property

inheritance

noun

something that you receive from your parents or from people who lived before you

inheritance

noun

the process of receiving something from your parents or from people who lived before you

inherited

adjective

inherited money or property has been given to someone when the previous owner died

inheritor

noun

someone who inherits something

intestate

adjective

if you die intestate, you die without making a will explaining what you want to happen to your money and possessions

leave

verb

to give something to someone after you die, in a will

leave

verb

to have close family members who continue to live after you die

legacy

noun

money or property that you arrange for someone to have after you die

legatee

noun

someone who receives a legacy (=money or property from someone who has died)

patrimony

noun

possessions and property that someone gets from their father after he dies

posterity

noun

the people who will live in the future after you are dead

primogeniture

noun

the legal right of an eldest son to get his father’s property after his father dies

probate

noun

the process of proving that a will (=a document with the details of who gets your property when you die) can be accepted as legally correct

testament

noun

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will

noun

a legal document that explains what you want to happen to your money and possessions after you die. This is often more formally called a last will and testament

will

verb

to formally give someone something after you die by stating it in a will

an accident of birth

a situation caused by who your family is rather than by anything you do

from father to son

from one generation or period in history to the next

settle someone’s estate

to deal with what happens to someone’s property and money after they die

something is in your blood

it is natural for you to do something because your family has done it in the past

something runs in the/someone’s family

if something such as a quality or disease runs in someone’s family, a lot of people in the family have it

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