Heirloom Law and Legal Definition

Heirloom is an item of personal property that by local custom, contrary to the usual legal rule, descends to the heir along with the inheritance, instead of passing to the executor or administrator of the last owner. For instance, ancestor's coat of armor, family portraits, title deeds, etc.

Heirloom" is defined as:

a. any family possession transmitted from generation to generation.

b. a chattel that because of its close connection with the mansion house descends to the heir. [In re Pullman, 317 B.R. 324, 325 (Bankr. E.D. Va. 2004)].