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inheritance

n. whatever one receives upon the death of a relative due to the laws of descent and distribution, when there is no will. However, inheritance has come to mean anything received from the estate of a person who has died, whether by the laws of descent or as a beneficiary of a will or trust.

See also: descent and distribution  heir  heiress  inherit  intestacy  intestate succession  will 

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