Natural Heir Law and Legal Definition

Natural heir is an heir whose status as an heir arises from close blood relationship. Natural heirs or heirs of the body are distinguished from those entitled to succeed on intestacy. As the term is used in a will: -- sometimes a term of limitation, sometimes the equivalent of issue or simply denoting certain individuals, sometimes meaning bodily heirs, the construction depending upon the context of the instrument and the surrounding circumstances. Sometimes the term natural heir means children, thereby excluding collateral heirs.