Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The appointment of an heir by will.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat In Roman law. The appointment of the hæres in the will. It corresponds very nearly to the nomination of an executor in English law. Without such an appointment the will was void at law, but the prætor (i. e., equity) would, under certain circumstances, carry out the intentions of the testator. Brown.