1915R.W. LeeRoman-Dutch Law 286If he (sc. the ‘extraneus heres’) accepted or acted as heir, he was said to ‘adiate’ the inheritance (adire hereditatem), and from that moment was in the position of a universal successor.
1945S. Afr. Law JrnlLXII. 555A person can be relieved from the consequences of adiation if he has adiated under a just and probable ignorance of his legal rights, but the mere fact that an heir who has adiated bona fide thought that such adiation would be of greater benefit to him that it turns out to be is not a sufficient reason for granting him relief.
1960J.J.L. SissonS. Afr. Judicial Dict. 22The instituted heir was not bound to accept the inheritance; he might repudiate it, or take time to deliberate, or adiate it.
1977C.J. ClaassenDict. of Legal Words & PhrasesI. 49If the instituted heir, well knowing whether he has acquired a right to the inheritance by last will or ad intestato, disposes of any part of the inheritance, he is considered as adiating, unless he declares that he does so merely out of kindness, or unless he has received judicial permission to do so.
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