Wills & Estates

The Definition of “Per Stirpes” & What Happens If Used Incorrectly in a Will

Estate planning lawyers use arcane terms like “per Stirpes” to articulate long-standing and precise meanings. The legal definition of “per stirpes” distribution means each branch is entitled to one share of the gift distributed among the members of the branch. But what happens when lawyers use the term incorrectly? That is what this article explores.