Pretermitted Heir Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Pretermitted Heir, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Pretermitted Heir?

Under the law of property, a child or a descendant of the will-maker who has unintentionally omitted the said heir from the will, possibily due to the fact that the will-maker did not know about him. These are common in cases where the will got excecuted before the birth of the pretermitted heir or that he/she is assumed to be dead or such reasons. The pretermitted heir has the right to claim his shares of parents estate.