Haeres Est Pars Antecessoris Law and Legal Definition

The maxim haeres est pars antecessoris means the heir is a part of his ancestor.

The following is an example of a case law referring to haeres est pars antecessoris:

“An ancestor during his life beareth in his body, in judgment of law, all his heirs. Haeres est pars antecessoris. Hence if land be given to a man and his heirs, all his heirs are so totally in him, that he may give the lands to whom he will.” [SCHOONMAKER v. SHEELY, 3 Hill 165 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1842)].