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worthier title

noun, often cap W&T wor·thi·er title

Legal Definition of worthier title

  1. :  a common-law doctrine providing that an heir receiving a devise of an estate that is the same as the estate he or she would receive by descent if the grantor died without a will receives the property by descent rather than by devise since descent has been thought to convey a better title

Additional Notes on worthier title

The doctrine of worthier title today is usually considered in light of its implication for inter vivos transfers (that is, transfers made between living persons) to an heir. When a grantor makes an inter vivos conveyance of property followed by a future estate to his or her heirs, the conveyance is deemed to create a reversion in the grantor rather than a remainder in the heirs, so that the heirs take by descent and receive a superior title to that which they would have received through the remainder.


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