collateral heir


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collateral heir

An heir who is not in a direct line from a decedent, but born from a collateral line, such as brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, or cousins. Relevant in the context of intestate succession, being the order of distribution of property when one dies without a will. Contrast to lineal heirs.

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The bill, she said, addresses such things as enforcing arbitration, defining collateral heirs and descendants, and making state law comply with the federal tax code.
Currently, this predeceased parent exception is not applicable to transfers to collateral heirs (e.