Inheritance. The right of a relative to inherit the property of his deceased kin. The main provisions are: A Father’s property is inherited by his sons, with the firstborn son receiving a double share. If the deceased had no sons, or if his sons died and left no heirs, his daughters receive the inheritance. If he has no offspring at all, the inheritance passes to his father, and then to his father’s heirs. The right to inherit is immediate and not dependent on a will, and in most cases heirs may not forgo their share before receiving it.

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