LEGAL SUCCESSOR: Successor Of A Will

LEGAL SUCCESSOR: Successor Of A Will
LEGAL SUCCESSOR: Successor Of A Will

Legal Successor is the inheritance of an estate ie.  property that a person leaves after his death – in the manner prescribed by law, in the absence of any cherished desires – i.e will. 

In California, for example, the Preserved Code of 6402 provides that in the case of inheritance by will, any survivor of the spouse inherits property;  if there is no living spouse, the testator’s parents inherit the property;  and so on.

A person that succeeds or follows another; esp., one who inherits a position, title, etc.  A person who assumes the rank, position, duties or privileges of another;  a corporation which, through a merger, redemption or otherwise, acquires the obligations, shares, rights and debts of another corporation known as a predecessor.

What Is Successor Contract?

Successor Agreement means a Contract for the provision of services that are substantially similar to services provided by a previous recently terminated Contract. 

A Contract will be considered a “recently terminated” Contract subject to the WRO if the Contract was completed, terminated early in whole or part, or amended in a way that reduce services in whole or in part and the awarding department planned to put into place.

The resulting Contract for the provision of such essentially similar services is subject to the WRO as a successor contract.

What Is Business Successor?

A business successor is any former subsidiary of the Company and any person who, after the date of issue, has acquired, merged or consolidated with a subsidiary of the Company (with which such subsidiary ceased to be a subsidiary of the Company)

Or acquired (in a single transaction or series of transactions) all or substantially all of the property, assets, or business of a subsidiary, or assets that constitute a business unit, line of business, or division of a subsidiary of the corporation.

Why Heirs And Successors Should Be Bound By A Contract 

The successor and successor clause requires that both parties and the successor or successor comply with the terms of the contract.  Whether this is important to the parties or even desirable depends on the circumstances.

For example, when buying commercial real estate, the buyer often creates a special purpose vehicle (“SPE”) to own the property after closing.  In such situations, the buyer will want to be sure that he can transfer the SPE purchase agreement without the seller withdrawing from the contract.

Similar to a contract of sale of goods to order, the seller wants to be sure that after the manufacture of the goods there will be a buyer.  Because the seller is unlikely to be able to sell the product to anyone else, the seller does not want the buyer to be able to withdraw from the contract through a merger or even death.

On the other hand, in an employment or even service agreement, the employer does not want someone else to provide services.  In addition, the employee may not want to work for another employer.

Similarly, someone who enters into a joint venture with an old friend may not want the business relationship to continue with the friend’s husband or children if the friend dies.  In this case, the contract may provide that it does not insure the successors and heirs of the parties.

What To Look For In An Assignment Clause 

The language of an assignment clause will also vary depending on the circumstances.  In the situation of the real estate contract described above, part of the assignment agreement may add a language similar to the following, after the main caveat of one sentence:

The buyer may transfer this contract to a special purpose entity affiliated with the buyer without the prior consent of the seller, provided, however, that such assignment does not release the buyer from any obligations under this agreement.  All other tasks of the buyer require the prior written consent of the seller.

This language allows the buyer to transfer the contract so that the SPE can purchase the property, as described above.  However, this language does not allow a real “coup” of real estate, when the buyer transfers the sale agreement to a third party, without even buying real estate.

What To Consider When Negotiating The Assignment Language

Each party must take its plans into account when negotiating the language of the task.  For example, although a real estate seller may not want a buyer to carry out a coup, a buyer planning a “reverse exchange” under section 1031 of the Tax Code must transfer the sale agreement to an independent stockbroker.  This must be stated in the contract of sale.

When a contracting party is released from a contractual obligation after a transfer, it is called a “novation”.  To avoid disagreements later, if the contract allows for assignments, it should clearly state whether or not there will be an innovation.

The ability of the supplier’s creditor to recover from the buyer assets for debts or liabilities that the buyer did not incur in the transaction.  Provincial law has established successors’ liabilities for certain environmental, labor, and employment issues. 

Inconsistency with the Bulk Sales Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. B.14 also imposes on the buyer a certain type of liability of the successor.

Except as required by law, the buyer of the assets does not assume the obligations of the seller when purchasing the assets.  No Canadian court has ever prosecuted a buyer for a supplier’s obligations under a common law doctrine of successor’s liability revoked on other grounds without discussing the successor’s liability.


Legal Successors are used when the party is a legal entity and if the party is an individual.  The successor to the corporation may be the corporation that survived the merger.  The heir may also be a legal entity or a person who buys the business of the contracting party. 

For an individual, the executor of the property of this person or will be the successor.  A spouse who receives property under a divorce agreement can sometimes also be a successor.

Assignee (or successor) is a person to whom a contracting party intentionally transfers ownership of a contract.  Assignment can be made directly if the contracting party directly transfers a specific contract.  Or the assignment may be indirect, for example, when the contracting party transfers the assets of the enterprise to the buyer.

A legal heir, in contrast to a nominee, is a person who has the right and right to inherit the property and property of the deceased, in accordance with the signed will, other applicable personal inheritance rights.  The legal heir will be clearly identified in the will by the deceased as the main heir.  The legal heir can be one person or several people.

What Is A Nomination?

In the legal context, a nomination is only a provision on the claim of property by the nominee as a “custodian” in the event of the death / death of the property owner.  However, the claimant can claim the property only in case of death of the property owner

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REFERENCES – Successor Contract Definition – Swapping Violin Bridges and Contract Parties


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