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lineal descendant

Legal Definition of lineal descendant

Noun

  1. A person who is a direct descendant such as a child to his or her natural parent.

Definition of lineal descendant

Further reading

A lineal descendant, in legal usage, refers to a blood relative in the direct line of descent. Re Smith's Estate, 343 Mich 291, 72 NW2d 287, 51 ALR2d 287. The children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. of a person. 23 Am J2d Desc & D 42.

Adopted children, for whom adoption statutes create the same rights of heirship as children of the body, come within the meaning of the term "lineal descendants," as used in a statute providing for the non-lapse of a devise where the devisee predeceases the testator but leaves lineal descendants. Hoellinger v Molzohn, 77 ND 108, 41 NW2d 217, 19 ALR2d 1147.

Compare with collateral descendant.

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