suc·ces·sion /sək-'se-shən/ n
1 a: the order in which or the conditions under which one person after another succeeds to a property, dignity, position, title, or throne
the sequence of succession to the presidency
b: the right of a person or line of ancestry to succeed
c: the line of ancestry having such a right
2 a: the act or process of following in order
b: the act or process of one person's taking the place of another in the enjoyment of or liability for rights or duties or both
3: the act or process by which a person becomes entitled to the property or property interest of a deceased person and esp. an intestate: the transmission of the estate of a decedent to his or her heirs, legatees, or devisees; also: the estate of the deceased including assets and liabilities
— used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana
intestate succession
1: the transmission of property or property interests of a decedent as provided by statute as distinguished from the transfer in accordance with the decedent's will; also: the operation of such statutory provisions in transmitting intestate property
would take the property by intestate succession
2 in the civil law of Louisiana: property that is not disposed of by will but by operation of statute
who presents himself to claim an intestate successionLouisiana Civil Code
testate succession: the transmission of property in accordance with a valid will
vacant succession in the civil law of Louisiana: an estate that has not been claimed, of which the heirs are unknown, or that has been renounced by all of the heirs
4 a: the continuance of a corporation's status as a legal person
perpetual corporate succession
b: the act or process by which one corporation assumes ownership of another
documents...that all aim to prepare your company for its new owner's succession — Saul Berkowitz
5: the act or process by which one state takes over or follows upon another and becomes entitled to its rights and position in international law

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun chain, concatenation, consecution, consecutive order, continuatio, cycle, descent, devolution, family, issue, lineage, offspring, order, posterity, procession, progeny, progression, sequence, series, successorship, train associated concepts: hereditary succession, intestate succession, legal succession, line of succession, natural succession, successor employer, successor interest, testamentary succession foreign phrases:
- Haereditas est successio in universum fus quod defunctus habuerit — Inheritance is the succession to every right which the deceased had possessed
- Haereditas nihil aliud est, quam successio in universum jus, quod defunctus habuerit. — An inheritance is nothing other than the succession to all the rights which the deceased had
- Qui in fus dominiumve alterius succedit jure ejus uti debet. — One who succeeds to the ownership rights of another, should enjoy the rights of the other
- Non debeo melioris conditionis esse, quam auctor meus a quo jus in me transit. — I ought not to be in better condition than he to whose rights I succeed
II index birth (lineage), bloodline, chain (series), continuity, cycle, devolution, frequency, hierarchy (arrangement in a series), sequence, subrogation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Several people or things of the same type following one after the other.
(2) Inheriting a title or right to property through a will.
(3) Following someone in a position, office, or other situation.
See also succeed

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a states intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. The taking over of a previous official's office, rank, or duties by a new person; the process by which a decedent's property or rights passes to the inheritors thereof, under the laws of descent and distribution.
See also descent.
@ intestate succession
State laws governing inheritance of property belonging to individual who dies without a will.
The process used to distribute the property of one who died without a will.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

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.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   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 also: inheritance

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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