Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Successor Definition:

A person who takes over the rights of another.

"[A] successor ... is, one that succeeds or follows; one who takes the place which another has left, and sustains the like part or character; one who takes the place of another by succession."1

One who follows (succeeds) another into an office, by appointment or election.

In Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation v. McKinnon, the Court of Appeals of Texas opined:

"The term successor is apt and appropriate to designate one to whom property descends.

"When applied to corporations, the term does not normally connote an assignee, but includes corporations becoming invested with the rights and assuming the burdens of another corporation by amalgamation, consolidation, or duly authorized succession."


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