1If he finds someone in seisin who claims to be the heir he cannot eject him without  committing a disseisin, but may hold himself in seisin concurrently with him until  he, if he is indeed the heir, acknowledges him as lord, as is explained below in the  [portion on] the assise of mortdancestor, at the beginning.]23If there is an heir  apparent, either one or several who are so to speak a single heir, [if there are several  who claim to be heirs though they are not and there is doubt as to which of them is the  nearer, it will be lawful for the chief lord to hold the fee in his hand until it has  been decided among them which of them is the right and nearer heir,]4 and they are  of full age,5 let him, whether they are found on the hearth or not, first take their  homage and rightful relief and then let them have seisin of the inheritance.6 How this  ought to be done will be explained more fully below, [[in] the tractate on the taking  of homage and relief.]78If the heir, or the several heirs acknowledged as heirs, are  within age, the chief lord may not have the wardship and marriage of the heirs until  he has taken their homage, and that being taken, let them then remain in the wardship  of the lords until they are of lawful age.9 Wardship and marriage will be dealt  with more fully below.10 [This is true] of a military fee,11
Where partition ought to be made among co-heirs.
 When there are several heirs having one right and the inheritance ought to be  divided among them, either because of the nature of the thing inherited or of the  persons inheriting,12 let a division [or] partition of the inheritance be made among  them immediately after homage has been taken. [In the writ de partitione facienda  there ought to be no action between co-heirs acknowledged as heirs, even though  there is disagreement among them, [for example], that one of them has a greater  share than he ought to have, because the writ provides nothing except that (an extent  having been made) each have his rightful portion. But if before such disagreement  is settled he who has the larger portion dies seised, his heir, whether of age or a  minor, shall not answer without writ, because of his13 ancestor's seisin, rightful or  wrongful.]14If they cannot agree among themselves, let a writ de partitione facienda  then issue, which provides no action,15 only that they assemble to hear the partition  [and to receive their rightful portions],16 if that seems expedient to them. But since a  partition cannot be made among co-heirs without an extent and valuation, and an  extent and valuation cannot be made without knights who, with the sheriff, make  the extent, who sometimes
1-2. Si autem ... in principio, from lines 4-8; infra iii, 245; Prov. Westm., ca. 9
3-5. Reading: (from 207, last lines): Si autem heres apparens sit, unus aut plures qui sunt quasi unus heres, vel
[plures qui] contendunt se esse heredes cum non sint ... rectus et propinquior, et sint plenae aetatis ...; om: Cum autem sit heres apparens ... ut praedictum est, lines 8-9, a connective
[in] tractatum ... relevio, from line 17; infra 225
8-9. Glanvill, ix, 4: ... infra etatem, nullum ius habet dominus feodi in custodia heredis vel hereditatis nisi prius recepto homagio heredis. Recepto vero homagio, in custodia ipsius domini remanebit heres ipse cum hereditate sua sub forma suprascripta donec plenan habuerit etatem.; infra iii, 245