A presumptive heir is one who, in the present
circumstances, would be entitled to the inheritance, but whose rights may
be defeated by the contingency of some nearer heir being born. 2 B1 Com.
208. In Louisiana, the presumptive heir is he who is the nearest relation
of the deceased, capable of inheriting. This quality is given to him before
the decease of the person from whom he is to inherit, as well as after the
opening of the succession, until he has accepted or renounced it. Civ. Code
of Lo. art. 876.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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