suc·ces·sor /sək-'se-sər/ n: one that follows: one that succeeds another (as in a position, title, office, or estate)
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
beneficiary, descendant, follower, grantee, newcomer, next in line, replacement, scion
associated concepts: successor in estate, successor in interest, successor in office, successor in trust
descendant, devisee, heir, offspring, replacement, transferee
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A person or thing that takes the place of another in a position, elected office, or other situation.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.
n. A person who takes over the rank, office, duties, or privileges of another; a corporation that through merger, buy-out, or other means acquires the duties, stock, rights, and debts of another corporation, known as the predecessor.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.