Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Mortis Omnia Solvit Definition:

Latin: Death puts an end to everything.

Related Terms: Heritable Obligation

The principle under early Roman law that all debts and other liabilities died with the debtor and were not enforceable against the estate of the deceased.

In his Louisiana Civil Law Treatise of 2001, the author wrote as:

"At an early stage Roman law asserted that mortis omnia solvit: death puts an end to everything. In the time of Justinian, however, that conclusion had already been abandoned."

Indeed, in modern civil law, obligations are often presumed to be heritable unless statute or contractual arrangements state otherwise.


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