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The transfer of title to property under the law of Descent and Distribution. The transfer of legal or official powers from an individual who formerly held them to another who undertakes current responsibilities to execute those powers.

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n. the statutory rules of inheritance of a dead person's estate when the property is not given by the terms of a will, also called laws of "descent and distribution." (See: descent and distribution, inheritance)

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following another, used in relation to the taking over of a body corporate including the Crown. Succession to the Crown is governed by law but can be upset by abdication. Technically, the area of law regulating the passing of property from a deceased person. See INTESTACY, TESTATE.
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SUCCESSION, in Louisiana. The right and transmission of the rights an obligations of the deceased to his heirs. Succession signifies also the estate, rights and charges which a person leaves after his death, whether the property exceed the charges, or the charges exceed the property, or whether he has left only charges without property. The succession not only includes the rights and obligations of the deceased, as they exist at the time of his death, but all that has accrued thereto since the opening of the succession, as also of the new charges to which it becomes subject. Finally, succession signifies also that right by which the heir can take possession of the estate of the deceased, such as it may be.
     2. There are three sorts of successions, to wit: testamentary succession; legal succession; and, irregular succession. 1. Testamentary succession is that which results from the constitution of the heir, contained in a testament executed in the form prescribed by law. 2. Legal succession is that which is established in favor of the nearest relations of the deceased. 3. Irregular succession is that which is established by law in favor of certain persons or of the state in default of heirs either legal or instituted by testament. Civ. Code, art. 867-874.
     3. The lines of a regular succession are divided into three, which rank among themselves in the following order: 1. Descendants. 2. Ascendants. 3. Collaterals. See Descent. Vide Poth. Traite des Successions Ibid. Coutumes d'Orleans, tit. 17 Ayl. Pand. 348; Toull. liv. 3, tit. 1; Domat, h.t.; Merl. Repert. h.t.

SUCCESSION, com. law. The mode by which one set of persons, members of a corporation aggregate, acquire the rights of another set which preceded them. This term in strictness is to be applied only to such corporations. 2 Bl. Com. 430.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The changes to the laws of succession affect the office of the Queen much more than they affect the person of the monarch since they are meant to liberalise access to the office.
As discussed above, if a morganatic marriage had the effect of denying any children access to the throne, the laws of succession would be altered.
This fifth edition text (dates of earlier editions are not stated) offers an initial overview chapter and then complete, succinct coverage of sources of property, the laws of succession, trusts, wills, estate planning for the elderly, estate administration, taxation and comparison of estate law in the different jurisdictions.
* SIR - We are told that the present Queen of England has agreed to consider changing the laws of succession so that the first-born child of William and Catherine, of whatever gender, shall be eligible to succeed to the monarchy in due course.
Determined to help others in the same situation, Paul started working for a national will company where he gained qualifications in Testacy Law, The Laws of Succession and Probate matters.
THE monarchy has been dragged into the 21st century by yesterday's historic change to the laws of succession.
Along Kuehn describes the complex ways of kinship in Renaissance Florence and how they applied to family succession and the laws of succession and repudiation as well as the obligations of those who conferred estates through death and those who were supposed to received them.