descent and distribution

descent and distribution
n.
The rules that determine transmission of a person’s real property if he or she dies intestate, i.e., without a valid will.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


descent and distribution
The rules by which an estate is distributed after the owner's death. This may occur according to the decedent's estate plan or according to intestate laws if the decedent died without an estate plan.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


descent and distribution
The area of law that pertains to the transfer of real property or personal property of a decedent who failed to leave a will or make a valid will and the rights and liabilities of heirs, next of kin, and distributees who are entitled to a share of the property.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


descent and distribution
The area of law that pertains to the transfer of real property or personal property of a decedent who failed to leave a will or make a valid will and the rights and liabilities of heirs, next of kin, and distributees who are entitled to a share of the property.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

descent and distribution
n.
   the system of laws which determine who will inherit and divide the possessions of a person who has died without a will (intestate).

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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