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the legal process in which a child's legal rights and duties toward his or her natural parents are replaced by similar rights and duties toward his or her adopting parents
a court action to determine whether a person is the father of a child born out of wedlock. Also called paternity proceeding.
relatives not in a direct line, such as brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins
person to whom an estate of inheritance descends jointly and by whom it is held as an entire estate (early English law)
at common law, the right of a widower, if issue of the marriage were born alive, to a life estate in all real property owned by his wife during coverture
degree of kindred
the relationship between a decedent and his or her relatives to determine who are most nearly related by blood
the apportionment and division of the personal property of an intestate among his or her heirs (early English law)
at common law, the right of a widow to a life estate in one-third of all real property owned by her husband during coverture
a statutory sum given to a surviving spouse who disclaims the provisions made for him or her in a deceased spouse's will. Also called forced share
a statutory sum given to a surviving spouse who disclaims the provisions made for him or her in a deceased spouse's will. Also called elective share
property that is beyond the reach of creditors and others' claims as long as the family uses the property as a home
the act or process of and heir's becoming beneficially entitled to the property of one who dies without a will
an estate limited in duration to either the life of the owner or the life of another person
people who are in a direct line of ascent (upwards) from the decedent - parents, grandparents, and great grandparents
people who are in a direct line of descent (downward) from the decedent - children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren
a court action to determine whether a person is the father of a child born out of wedlock. Also called affiliation proceeding
the state of being the first born among several children of the same parents (early English law)
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