Meaning of universal successor in English:

universal successor


Law Scots Law
  • A person who succeeds another entirely, in respect of the whole of an estate and its concomitant rights and duties.

    In Scots Law sometimes contrasted with a singular successor who does not necessarily take on the rights and duties of his or her predecessor along with the estate concerned.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Hayward (?1564–1627), historian and civil lawyer.