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An individual who has died. The term literally means "one who is dying," but it is commonly used in the law to denote one who has died, particularly someone who has recently passed away.

A decedent's estate is the real and Personal Property that an individual owns upon his or her death.

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n. the person who has died, sometimes referred to as the "deceased."

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(US) a deceased person.
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DECEDENT. In the acts of descent and distribution in Pennsylvania, this word is frequently used for a deceased person, testate or intestate.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Plaintiffs' uncontroverted expert testimony that decedent was conscious and in pain for two to five seconds after being hit by the bus supports the jury's finding that decedent sustained conscious pain and suffering prior to her death.
In addition, the court found that Jackson National's previous grant of a grace period to the Decedent did not mean that it had forfeited its right to cancel the life insurance policy for non-payment of future premiums.
Because almost 99 percent of all returns for decedents who die in a given year are filed by the end of the second calendar year following the year of death, and because the decedent's age at death and the length of time between the decedent's date of death and the filing of an estate tax return are related, it was possible to predict the percentage of unfiled returns within age strata.
Of 48 health facility decedents, 38 (79%) were treated in hospital and 10 (21%) at a health center or dispensary.
An itemized description and separate valuation of each item of property of the Decedent including homestead, if any; and the names and addresses of persons having possession thereof, is as follows:
* In community property states, the surviving spouse's one-half share of community property is treated as owned by the decedent for purposes of the basis allocation rules.
* The decedent contributed approximately 98 percent of his wealth, including his residence, to the FLP.
Even before the appointment of a personal representative of a decedent's estate, a determination has to be made as to where the deceased person was domiciled.
Affidavit of Self Adjudication or Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement of the Estate of the decedent; or Court decision/judgement if the estate has been settled judicially, or if there is a last will and testament;
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Carson (Decedent), and Dorothy Carson, individually and as Surviving Spouse of Decedent (collectively Plaintiffs).
2036 and 2043 in the determination of the value of property that must be included in a decedent's estate.