Questions Concerning Terminology of Estates

Q: What is a descendant?
A descendant is someone who is in a blood line of an individual who died. Examples of descendants would be children or grandchildren.

Q: What does decedent mean?
Decedent refers to someone who is dead.

Q: What does consanguinity mean?
Consanguinity refers to individuals who have blood relationships.

Q: What does dying intestate mean?
Dying intestate refers to an individual who dies without having a will. Should the individual have a will, it would be said that he or she died testate.

Q: Who is a distributee?
An individual who receives property from an estate is a distributee.

Q: What does escheat refer to?
This is when property goes to the State because an individual who had died had no will and no heirs who could inherit the property.

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