Collateral Heir


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Collateral Heir

A successor to property—either by will or descent and distribution—who is not directly descended from the deceased but comes from a parallel line of the deceased's family, such as a brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or cousin.

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The bill also provides a definition of collateral heir and makes other technical changes.
2651(e) broadens the predeceased parent rule by expanding its application to transfers (1) that would be taxable distributions or taxable terminations and (2) to collateral heirs, provided that the transferor has no living lineal descendants at the time of transfer.
If the owner of the homestead is not survived by a spouse or lineal descendant, the homestead will pass by intestacy to other relatives, such as the decedent's parents, siblings, or other collateral heirs.