Words of Inheritance Law and Legal Definition
Words of inheritance refer to words of limitation indicating the character of an estate granted or devised. It is necessary in the grant of an easement in order to make it a perpetual interest.
Every estate in land created by deed or will, without words of inheritance, will be deemed a fee simple or such other estate as the grantor or testator had power to dispose of. [Woodward v. Thissell, 218 F. 810, 811 (6th Cir. Ky. 1914)].
If no words of inheritance are used, statutes requires that every word, no matter where situated in the deed, be given weight in determining the estate granted. [In re Chicago & N. W. R. Co., 127 F.2d 1001 (7th Cir. Ill. 1942)].