worthier title

Definition of "worthier title"
  1. An old legal principle stating that when an heir is given the same property through a will as they would inherit naturally if the owner died without a will, they are considered to have received the property by inheritance, not through the will, as inheritance was deemed to confer a stronger right to the property
How to use "worthier title" in a sentence
  1. The law of worthier title determined that the house was inherited rather than devised since it matched the property that the heir stood to inherit naturally.
  2. Due to the doctrine of worthier title, John's rights to the property were deemed to be through inheritance, even though it was also included in the deceased's will.
  3. The attorney suggested that the worthier title doctrine might apply, affecting how the property is legally considered to have passed to the heir.

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