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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.

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To assess the relationship between plant strategy and successional status, the year of peak cover in the BSS data was also correlated with the PCA axes.
Riverside vegetation: this category includes vegetation in different successional stages maintained by flooding and landslides that impact the streams and rivers' edge vegetation mainly during the rainy season in different forest types.
Thus, the heredity petition is the action of a person asking the court for recognition as heir or legatee of and for ordering the person holding the successional assets to return them, the rights claimed by the two sides being irreconcilable (Boroi and Stanciulescu, 2012: 657).
Comparing the forest fragments, the highest values of richness of the edaphic arthropod community were observed in the forest fragments in intermediate successional stages, FF2 and FF3, followed by the forest fragments in the advanced and initial successional stages, FF4 and FF1, respectively (Table 1).
In Indiana, there was a noticeable peak in timber harvest (i.e., early successional habitat creation) in the late 1980s, corresponding with subsequent peaks in chestnut-sided warbler breeding activity within the state (Whitehead et al.
Acer negundo is an early successional species that does not tolerate severe floods.
As a result, secondary forests are gradually recovering through natural successional processes in the humid subtropical region of eastern China (Wang et al.
The following standard phyto-sociological parameters for each successional stage were also calculated: absolute density, relative density, absolute dominance, relative dominance, absolute frequency, relative frequency, importance value index (IVI), and coverage value index (CVI; Kent and Coker, 1992).
Then the team developed strategies that targeted the ecological processes contributing to the successional dynamics at each site.
Comparisons between early and late successional species suggest that these two groups generally exhibit different capacities for light acclimation (Bjorkman, 1981; Strauss-Debenedetti and Bazzaz, 1996; Valladares et al., 2000; Cai et al., 2005).
Variable importance metrics indicated that a corrected Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVIc) and terrain variables improved discrimination of forest successional types and wetlands in the study area.