A term used in wills that refers to distribution of property to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family. (See also: per stirpes)
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  • stirpes — plural of stirps, Latin, lit. stem, stalk …   Etymology dictionary

  • stirpes — /starpiyz/ Descents. The root stem, or stock, of a tree. Figuratively, it signifies in law that person from whom a family is descended, and also the kindred or family. Taking property by right of representation is called succession per stirpes,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Stirpes — Stirps Stirps, n.; pl. {Stirpes}. [L., stem, stock.] 1. (Law) Stock; race; family. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A race, or a fixed and permanent variety. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stirpes — noun branches, lines of descent, used in the legal expression per stirpes …   Wiktionary

  • stirpes — The person from whom a family or branch of a family is descended. A branch of a family. See per stirpes …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • stirpes — stÉœrps /stɜːps n. family, line of descent; ancestor of a family (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • per stirpes — per stir·pes /pər stər pēz, per stir pās/ adv or adj [Latin, by familial stocks]: by right of representation the estate was divided per stirpes used of a method of distributing an esp. intestate estate compare per capita ◇ Per stirpes… …   Law dictionary

  • Per stirpes — is a law Latin phrase (meaning by branch ) used in wills that specifies that each family branch of a group of beneficiaries is to receive an equal share of an estate, usually to take effect in the case where the first choice beneficiary has died… …   Wikipedia

  • per stirpes — Per class, particularly distribution by the class. 23 Am J2d Deeds § 200. Taking together the share that a parent would have taken. Anno: 126 ALR 159; 57 Am J1st Wills § 1291. By representation; taking a share which a deceased ancestor would have …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • per stirpes — perˈstirˌpās, ˌpərˈstər(ˌ)pēz adverb (or adjective) Etymology: Latin : by familial stocks : as representatives of the branches of the descendants of a person used of a mode of reckoning the rights or liabilities of descendants in which the… …   Useful english dictionary

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