civil law. An heir, one who succeeds to the whole inheritance.
2. These are of various kinds. 1. Haeres natus, an heir born; the heir at
law: he is distinguished from, 2. Haeres factus, or an heir created by
will, a testamentary heir, to whom the whole estate of the testator is
given. 3. Haeres fiduciarius, an heir to whom the estate is given in trust
for another. Just. 2, 23, 1, 2. Haeres-legitimus, a lawful heir; this is
one who is manifested by the marriage of his parents; haeres legitimus est
quem nuptiae demonstrant; haeres suus, ones own heir, a proper heir;
descendants. Just. 3, 1, 4, 5.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition