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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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Let's say Kumar dies intestate (without writing a will), the beneficiary would be his wife as she is the first legal heir as per succession law.
Contradicting the views of these expert historians, I try to demonstrate, first, that Peter Is succession law was by no means conceived as a "break with the past" but just the opposite: it was an attempt to preserve Russian tradition against contemporary Western birthright ideology and its notorious demand for "indefeasible primogeniture." Second, I argue that Peter's ideas on succession as explained in Feofan Prokopovich's Pravda voli monarsbei were neither "arbitrary" nor "demiurgic" but deeply rooted in the older traditions of medieval political practice and thought that had been practiced throughout Europe.
Australian case law upholds testamentary freedom as a fundamental doctrine of succession law and practice.
by a testator under succession law to address the transmission of
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However intuitive this reasoning may be, it fails to appreciate the logic of royal succession laws. In our time, the rules of royal succession deal with qualifications to hold a public office.
Family and succession law in England and Wales, 2d ed.
On 15 December, the European Commission called on the member states to adapt their national laws to reduce the breadth of the problem caused by double taxation and discrimination in terms of cross-border succession law. The Commission has published a communication, a recommendation and a working paper analysing the problem - which is growing along with the increasing number of citizens moving abroad (the number of potential cross-border successions had been estimated at around 290,000-360,000 per year) - and establishing principles that should be followed and recommending some solutions.
If the succession law had not been introduced in 1701, the country would now be ruled by King Carl, a 50-year-old pastor in the German town of Neuwied.
(5) Specific to land, it has worked with the Ministry of Justice to identify discriminatory legislative provisions and has contributed to the drafting of the Succession Law. (6) It is precisely this dedication to gender equality that makes Rwanda an informative study on how to achieve gender equality in land rights.
Revision of imperial succession law not being discussed currently